Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your shop.
I create linoleum prints based on traditional textile designs and folk arts from around the world, as well as motifs and patterns found in nature. All of my work is done with hand-carved linoleum blocks.
Block printing is done with a printing block which can be made of wood, linoleum, rubber, any surface that can be carved into. The reverse image is carved into the block, and you carve away the negative space to create the design. The block is then inked and pressed onto the surface to make the print.
When did you start block printing? How did you get into this art?
I studied printmaking in college and loved block printing; I loved the simplicity of the process and the bold designs you can create with the blocks. It stood out to me from the other forms of printmaking because of how bright and bold the prints could be. I then traveled to India and studied block printing there, and combined the techniques I learned in both places to find my style.
How long does it take to go from an initial design sketch to a carved block?
I sketch out designs all the time, so sometimes a design will just sit for months before I am ready to start carving it. It depends on the size and complexity of the design, some take just a few hours and some can take weeks depending on the detail you are putting in.
Where do you do the majority of your work? Any pictures to share?