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Lino printing at Process Studios

Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
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Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing
Process studios lino printing

For my birthday last summer, Dave’s mum gave me a voucher for Process Studios (previously Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts), and after waiting until Ellis was big enough for me to be away over bedtime, I spent it on a lino printing course there. The building looks abandoned from the outside and is fairly ricketty on the inside but full of character. They also house artists personal studios (hence the change of name I guess), including our teacher Jenni Douglas, and the room the printing was in also had a weaving class going on at the same time, which was fun.

I wasn’t sure it would suit me, since I’m crap at line drawing so tend to have a difficult time with things that don’t allow shading. But turns out I love it! You don’t really carve what you want to draw (I mean you can, but it doesn’t look as good imo) you carve around where you want the thing to appear, which somehow makes things easier for me. The actual process of carving is also a lot easier than I expected, and somehow really relaxing! It lends itself to round organic shapes, and slightly abstract things rather than accurate representations of stuff, so its easy to improvise. You can probably guess which of the images above are mine! I will do a proper post of all my stuff once I’ve photographed it in daylight. I’ve also included stuff from the other students that were there last Wednesday here (plus some random screenprinting that was drying) and you can see how different it all is!

It’s the last class on Wednesday and I plan on printing 2 metres worth of fabric in 2.5 hours. Wish me luck! I am also full of ideas for small paper prints, but we’ll have to see how that goes. That’s the good thing about courses, it gives you the dedicated time to do a craft thing for a solid bit of time. And I do fancy learning screenprinting at some point…

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