Based up in Edinburgh Hand Press Print takes on a lot of specialist work through commissions, producing hand printed lino prints from original designs as cards, prints to frame & other accessories.
“After an inauspicious start with a GCSE in Art, mostly working in 3D with mixed media (it was the early 90s) … it took me another 10 years to return to art in any form, a Masters in Art History where I studied architecture, furniture, and a whole range of fine arts. This gave me the confidence to follow my making instincts and I trained as a jewellery designer-maker; a discipline which I enjoyed for 7 years but was not ideally suited to … I think it can take a while to find the mode you’re meant to be working in.
I need my medium to be more immediate. My printings (whether cards or prints) are about finding a sense of place. Their identity is in their reality – be that a small feather, or a mountain. Clean lines, bold colour and an evocation of the past; whether through landscape, or memory; are all aspects that I try to bring to my work.”
“One piece of my most recent work is Short-Sockless (I remembered to take images of the whole process for a blog-post), designed initially for the 8 x 8 Project. The topic, ‘childhood’ instantly sparked the idea: The moment in primary school when suddenly, almost overnight, long socks are no longer cool – and all those without short socks have theirs pushed down.”