Every week I walk along a quiet green lane in a beautiful wild upland Welsh Cwm (a steep sided hollow at the end of a valley), with my small son, while my daughter visits her music lesson. It is a favourite peaceful time of ours to wander along, looking at all the plants and flowers growing along the hedgerow and watching for wildlife. I made this print of a collection of ferns and wildflowers that were growing there in late summer. If you can imagine a green, damp, windswept valley with ferns, hawthorn and bilberries in the hedge, heather on the hill tops and flocks of ravens calling overhead, then you are there!
I have deliberately created a painterly look to the background, using a light pressing between layers to allow the background colours to show through in places. The colours I have chosen are inspired by the landscape of the Cwm at that time of year, slate blue, fern green and russet.
This print is a reduction Linocut, made by cutting and overprinting successive layers of ink from a single block of Lino, until it is reduced to the last few details. I make very limited editions when I use the reduction method, usually ten prints or less and when finished they cannot be repeated as the block has been destroyed in the making.
I use water-based relief inks, blending them to achieve the colours that I like to use and I print onto traditional printmakers paper, either Somerset Satin or a French milled paper. The paper is a soft white with a velvety surface and may have the deckled edge on one side, depending on where it is cut from the full sheet. I use an old Victorian book press to take the impression or rub by hand with a Japanese baren if the print is too big to fit into the press.
Your print will be carefully prepared for shipping, wrapped in acid free tissue paper and rolled inside a sturdy cardboard tube, cushioned with tissue at either end and securely sealed.
Made using water-based relief inks, rubber ink rollers and an iron press.