Featured in Pressing Matters mag

It’s a huge privilege to have Skirrid Print Studio featured in issue 12 of Pressing Matters magazine following an invitation from John Coe, who has persevered through Covid19 restrictions to keep up the good work. This wonderful quarterly mag comes highly recommended for all print addicts – it’s so diverse (selling globally) and with such high quality…

Socially distanced workshops

I’m looking forward to carefully managed workshops – 1:1 or 1:2 – here at the studio and have my first booking for August. Facemasks, handwashing and 2m distance will be the order of the day. I really look forward to seeing you again – it’s been a long time and I find teaching really inspirational….

Etchings

A lot of my printwork is made from carving images into linoleum (known as relief or block printing) but recently I’ve really enjoyed 2 forms of etching: drypoint engraving (scratching into a perspex plate with a sharp tool) and saline solution etching (where a homemade acid solution etches into a metal plate with a design…

Richmond Park deer: “Rumination”

I have just completed this 7 stage reduction linocut. I spent around 3 weeks working on this. Inspired by a photo by Emma Hughes (@emma_hughes_hdp), though I have given it a whole new colour palette and altered the composition. The slideshow above shows the 7 stages and the gallery below shows various shots during the…

Skirrid Print Studio: the first 6 months

So from this shell of a building – which had previously served as a bootroom and storage space (with 2 tiny rooms upstairs) – the charming Welsh builders, Dickie and Rich, created a 2-storey print studio, with its own entrance. This was in March 2019 and took a good few weeks. The finishing touch was…

The Effingham Badgers

I was very happy to accept a commission for this artwork despite the rather pressing deadline of about 20 days. My brief was to create a linocut print featuring the badger and the Girl Guides trefoil. As a lover of British wildlife, particularly mammals, this was right up my street. I decided to create a…

Solva Quay, Pembrokeshire

I have just completed this commission for someone who loves the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal village, Solva. It took many layers of ink and some of the lino was etched using a solution of caustic soda and wallpaper paste. It gives a lovely soft look to the clouds and hillsides.