Primrose Deer: Suffolk prin...Beth Knight Art
Beth Knight first started experimenting with printmaking during her studies at Norwich University of the Arts where she gained a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design and Illustration in 2009. Along side work as a freelance illustrator she now creates small editions of hand printed lino cuts in both black and white and colour reduction prints, sometimes combining this with collaged elements or hand colouring using water colours.
She uses the more contemporary ‘soft cut’ lino or Japanese vinyl as opposed to the traditional hessian backed linoleum, combining this with very fine Swiss made Pfeil cutting tools Beth enjoys the meticulous detail achievable when carving fur, twigs and grasses in to the lino printing block.
The bold results of relief printmaking, stencilling and collage have been themes that Beth has always been drawn to throughout her education and creative practice. Being a nature lover and finding joy in being out in the countryside Beth is inspired by the landscapes around her Suffolk home and also the wilds of Wales where she grew up. In particular she is drawn to places with a sense of history – ancient bridleways, old gnarly trees and windswept hill tops.
Using her experience as an illustrator she likes to create the beginning of a story in her pieces, adding movement, an expression on a face or the hint of something around the corner to stir the viewers imagination and memories.
Her recent piece ‘Gypsy Lane’, a three colour reduction lino cut was accepted by the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers for the National Original Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, London in 2019.
Creating a lino print:
"I create my lino prints by first sketching out my ideas for my chosen subject matter, often influenced by a sight I have seen whilst out walking the dogs or just an animal or object that spurs my creativity. Once I have finalised my design in a drawing I trace it and transfer it to a piece of lino.
I then begin to cut away the areas I want to keep white, where I don’t want the ink to go. This is a time consuming process that takes care in carving out the details and concentration in trying to picture how it will look once printed.
Once I have finished the cutting away process it’s time to try the first print! I use a small hand held roller to apply a thin layer of printing ink to my lino block surface, I then lay on a piece of paper and press down by hand or rub over with a baren to transfer the ink to the paper. Then comes the exciting bit… I peel back the paper and turn it over to reveal my finished print!"
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