Our final course in 2019 and one for those who have some experience of linocutting. Be prepared for Steve’s dynamic approach to creating wonderful textured linocut prints!
If you are already a fan of the linocut then this course will give you the opportunity to add an exciting new dimension to your practice. Over two days, you will create an A4 print by combining two or three lino blocks with a mixture of cut marks and etched marks. This will involve learning how to etch lino with a caustic soda based solution. It will also demonstrate how to register multiple blocks so they print over each other. When considering what to create, think of an image which can naturally divide into strongly defined elements and background textural ones.
Dates: Weekend 7/8 December
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £140 / Members £130
Steve Edwards was introduced to printmaking in 1980 whilst studying for a BA in Textile Design at Camberwell. He took up printmaking again in 1998 at the City Lit and fell in love with etching. He joined East London Printmakers in 2003, which gave him access to a well-equipped studio and a vibrant artistic community. He started experimenting with lino in 2005, and this has now become his main mode of expression. He joined Greenwich Printmakers in 2011 and the Printmakers Council in 2013.
Steve says: I first became aware of etching lino with caustic soda at Morley College, which I attended after City Lit. I was given a handout about lino in general which included a recipe for the caustic solution and some timings and examples. At the time I was very much an etcher but someone at Morley was practicing etched lino and I saw her work. Years later when I had begun my lino phase I dug out the info sheet, saw the recipe and decided to experiment. As I had been etching for years before I suppose the ‘language’ of it spoke to me and I have continued combining the cut and etched marks ever since.
Here are two prints by students who attended Steve’s course at Ochre Print Studio earlier this year: