Handmade Linocut Prints
My illustrations often combine imagery derived from dreams and research into mythology and symbols. They are invitations to the viewer to bring attention to the richness of their own inner world, fostering well-being.
What is linocut?
It's a relief print technique dating back to the beginning of the 1900s. A variant of woodcut, in this case the surface to be carved is linoleum. A natural material made out of linseed oil and other residual materials like pine resin and wood dust.
A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, chisel or gouge, the uncarved areas represent a mirror image of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printing press.
Linocut is a slow, artisan process. To hand carve and print an image is physical yet magical. The image appears as you carve the block and the final result is revealed after pressing the print, by hand or using a press. This task allows time for reflection and it awakens all our senses.