The growing and gathering of plants as food, medicine
and colour is central to my practice.
Harvesting and preserving for paper making offer a constant conduit of connection to life and my inspiration.
Making my own papers has allowed me to utilse local materials that
otherwise go to waste. Infusing them with plants for texture and colour imbue what might otherwise be forgotten with new life.
Every new sheet I pull from the drying box is like a
new dawn - full of beauty and possibility.
All my prints are carved into biodegradable silk cut lino
using swiss made Pfeil chisels. A deeply medititive and intricate process.
I press each print by hand using a glass barren. This process requires strength and focus to acheive the result I am after.
Peeling back a fresh print of a newly carved block has got to be the definition of deep satisfaction as a printmaker. Apart from drying the print, the process is now complete.