|blocks in the press bed.|
Like last week’s Method, linocut is a relief printmaking method that’s easily combined with type on a page. Barbara Henry taught a workshop this past weekend on the subject, and I thought I’d share some photos from the class.
|carving the block.|
The linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905–13. An image is cut into the surface of the linoleum with a sharp V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. Linoleum is softer to carve than wood, though it lacks the grain of the wood that gives woodcuts their unique character. It’s often used in the schools to introduce kids to printmaking. Aside from Barbara herself, artists who have used linoleum as a medium include Picasso, Matisse, as well as contemporary printmakers like Bill Fick.
|pulling a proof.|
You can see a full set of images from the class here.