I discovered printmaking recently following an MA in Design at Central St Martins and a taster course at Leicester Print Workshop. For me printmaking is the best combination of creative expression, rooted in craft technique. The process of printmaking is a constant interplay between thinking and making, the image and technology. And Leicester Print Workshop provides a special place within which to develop a practice: fantastic facilities combined with a genuine and supportive group.
With all the media existing today that can make art and faithful reproductions of the world around us, the question for me is how can I work with the medium of printmaking in such a way to create something specific to print, that none of the other media can do? I am looking for a sense of something, something that can’t be made in any other media – an image that is authentic to printmaking and purely to printmaking.
An age old form, woodcut is an inherently beautiful and simple process, the most sculptural of all printmaking forms. It is these essential qualities, of material and handmade process, which draw me to explore woodcut printmaking.