In the mid 1990s a friend and I screenprinted ‘Free Beth and Mandy Jordache’ t-shirts on my kitchen table to raise money for the local women’s refuge and since then I have been completely hooked on printmaking.
These days I don’t screenprint very often, preferring linocut and letterpress. I also like to combine monoprint techniques with lino. I love all printmaking and find printmakers the most interesting, generous people to spend time with.
On graduating from Winchester School of Art in 2004 with a BA in Fine Art Printmaking, I co-founded Red Hot Press, Southampton’s Open Access Print Workshop. A lot of my time is spent teaching so I fit making my own work around that. Teaching is great because you get to see other people falling in love with the process too.
In January 2016 I was lucky enough to receive a Shackleton Quality of Life Scholarship to travel to the Falkland Islands where I spent three weeks teaching Linocut and Bookbinding. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends there, including the little fella in the photo.
I’m fairly eclectic in my work but on the whole I’m influenced by ancient landscapes, the strangeness of words and language and frogs plus 20th century printmakers like Bawden and Ravilious.
In my spare time I cycle and swim and you’ll see bits of that creep into my work too.
This bit is like a blog but less boring. I’ll update it as often as possible so keep popping by.
I last updated this at the beginning of lockdown and here we are three months later with things starting to get back to a new normal.
During lockdown I set myself a project of posting a linocut everyday to my instagram. The theme in April was On This Day and in May was Gay Icons. They proved hugely popular and I sold them to raise money for various charities close to my heart. So far I have raised over £1500 which I have split between Homeless Healthcare, Breakout Youth and Kent Refugee Action Network. I was also pleased to get featured in Issue 12 of Pressing Matters magazine.
Earlier this week I received the news that my print The Neck, Saunders Island had been awarded the Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print in show at the St Barbe open 2020. I was really thrilled to be awarded this prize.