I studied printmaking at art school. I’d done a few lino cuts at school, but hadn’t realised the fascination of working in an ancient tradition, dabbling with chemicals and whittling away at metal or wood like a sculptor, then seeing often quite unexpected and magical results when you peel the paper away from the plate. I returned to printmaking whenever I could borrow a press, attend evening classes or learn something new in a workshop, but after I finally invested in my own (very small) press I felt I could now call myself a printmaker.
However, you don’t need a press to make prints. Many of my prints these days are made using a baren, a tool made of bamboo that the Japanese printmakers have used for centuries. You just need to know what paper and ink to use to get the best results. You can see the kind of prints that I do here.