This summer I’ve taught more linocut workshops than ever before. As well as my linocut and letterpress course in Italy I’ve done a drop-in workshop with High Roller Society at Stour Space in Hackney, a three-day multi-block printing workshop at Art Academy London and two little workshops at Hello Print Studio in Margate: a one-day workshop and an evening workshop with Forts Book Share making bookplates. To top it all off last weekend I did a two-day course at the V&A Museum in London making linocut artists’ books.
I’m not a naturally outgoing person, so teaching is something that was quite scary at first (I did my first printmakingworkshop at East London Printmakers 6 or 7 years ago) but the experience of standing in front of a group of people (often older and wiser than me) listening intently to every tidbit of information has taught me confidence and I now love it. My day-to-day working life doesn’t involve much human contact so teaching gives me a regular shot of social interaction to balance out the peaceful days of printing on my own in the studio. Meeting people from other walks of life is rewarding too: nurses, bus drivers, architects and scientists supplement the regular contingent of students, illustrators and designers wanting to develop their portfolio.
I have lots more workshops coming up this Autumn, mostly at Hello Print Studio, where we will also be hosting an Italian woodcut workshop with Umberto Giovannini and a couple of workshops from this year’s Pushing Print festival: a Gocco printing workshop and a story-telling and book-making workshop. I now have facilities for other printmaking processes too and you can sign up for screenprinting, etching or an Intro to Printmaking evening course. I will also be collaborating with my fellow Resort Studios artist Rachel Ella Taylor, who runs Materials Lab. We are running an experimental morning workshop in concrete-casting linocuts. You can see the full workshop programme on the Hello Print Studio website and any linocut workshops I have planned (wherever they may be) are listed on the workshops page of my Linocutboy website.
Hello Print Studio
Art Academy London
V&A Museum, London