Introduction to Linocut Workshop
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Learn how to make a linocut print with one of our Collectivists, member of Edinburgh Printmakers, Masha Tiplady (Masha and the Prints). In this workshop you will design, carve and print your own, single colour linocut piece – either as a card or art print for framing. Masha will teach you some basic techniques and by the end of the evening you will have enough knowledge to start printing independently at home, as well as a lovely handmade print!
How did linoleum printing come about?
Linoleum was created in the 1800s and used in the late 1800s as a floor covering. Traditional wood and metal blocks for printing were expensive and time consuming to create.
Linoleum was cheaper to produce, and offered an easier surface to carve than wood and metal, especially when heated. It wasn’t as tough as metal, and didn’t have the surface grains and patterns that made wood trickier to carve. As linoleum was a softer material, it was much quicker to achieve results with the new linocut technique.
So linoleum started out as a cheap alternative, and was often used by amateurs or as a teaching product in schools, according to the Printmaking Dictionary.
But when artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso started using linoleum in the early 1900s, its popularity grew.
Masha, our workshop tutor, in her own words:
“Born in Moscow, Russia, I’ve lived in Edinburgh for the last 15 years and now call it home. In the past, I’ve worked with different media such as pastels, charcoal and watercolours but with the arrival of our daughter and the (occasional) downtime that entailed I rediscovered the linoprint and totally fell in love with it.
To me, it’s a perfect medium, which combines a thorough planning and methodical labour-intensive process with an element of a complete surprise- you really don’t get to see the final result until you draw your picture on a bit of lino, then carve it, then ink it and roll it out onto a bit of paper. I also like the fact that linocut allows for pretty much endless possibilities of experimenting with colours, always with subtly different and often exciting results.
I find my inspiration in things that interest me: music, people, fashion – vintage fashion in particular: 50s-70s fashion and culture are my latest obsession and I’m currently working on recreating the aesthetics of old fashion magazines in linoprint.”
All materials and refreshments will be provided.
Four places are available at the workshop.