from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where
she majored in Printmaking.
Over the years she has worked in all
printmaking mediums, and has produced work ranging
from large hand-printed kites to intricate
limited-edition artist books. Having previously
worked in etching, screen and litho printing, she has
settled on lino-cut relief printing as her chosen
means of expression. She loves the clean, binary
nature of the lines (there is no grey - it's either
printed or not printed), and the way the hand is
slowed by the process of carving, making the images
strong and deliberate.
Her lino-cuts have been exhibited
near and far - from hometown Toronto, Canada to
Sydney, Australia. She has been a popular vendor at
outdoor art shows and indie craft fairs (since the
very early days of indie craft fairs), exhibiting at
intimate shows of three tables and sprawling 300
She launched her first line of
greeting cards in 2006, and has since been carried in
hundreds of stores
After designing the image on paper,
and then reversing by rendering the areas to be
carved with white pencil on black paper, the
carving begins. The relief printing block is made
of wood or linoleum (yes, the same stuff that was
on grandma's kitchen floor). The process is the
reverse of drawing because instead of carving the
image into the lino, you are actually carving away
everything that is not to be printed, leaving only
the image raised.
The ink bed is then prepared by
rolling out ink onto a glass slab with a brayer.
Once there is a good amount of ink on the brayer,
it is then rolled onto the carved lino-block. The
areas to be printed get coated with ink, while the
recessed areas remain clean.
The ink-coated lino-block is placed
in the prepared printing area (where placement is
important for alignment of the next colour), and
the paper is placed on top for printing. Pressure
is applied with a tool called a baren or, as seen
here, with the back of a wooden spoon.
Once pressure has been evenly
applied to all areas of the block, and the ink has
been transferred to the paper, the paper is then
carefully removed and set aside to dry. This
process is repeated as many times as needed. A
letterpress can also be employed to transfer the
inked image to paper.