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 and ran Red Hot Press Print Workshop until 2021. I am currently a Technical Instructor in Printmaking at Solent University. I also teach printmaking workshops around Hampshire which you can find out more about on my Workshops page.
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 recently got a new press - well new to me - to fill the gap where the cropper was. It's an 1882 Albion. Just a small one, about foolscap size. I have already fallen in love with it. It is great for both Lino and Letterpress and makes printing really fast.
I have been printing cards and lino cuts for the shop at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton. These are to accompany their next exhibition called Derek Jarman's Modern Nature which is curated by author, and a good friend, Philip Hoare. It's going to be a great exhibition.