Printmaking with Simon Ripley
Printmaking Workshops – Spring Half Term 2021
Saturday 20 February 2021
Live Online Zoom
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Materials delivered to your door
1 x Super Soft Polymer Lino Block 15 x 20 cm
2 x Safe Ink Pad (colour varies per pack)
1 x Set of Lino Cutting Tools
2 x A5 Rag 150gsm Printmaking Paper
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Who is this class suitable for?
Suitable for adults, 16+
What will be covered in the class?
Printmaking was first used in China over 2000 years ago to decorate fabric. Around 1430 it was used in Germany to print the Bible. Printmaking is our oldest means of mass communication used in all books and newspapers everyday around the world. In this workshop we’ll look at how beautiful cloth is hand printed in India and we’ll use a similar method to make and print our own designs. Using lino and cutters which will be provided we’ll make a three colour linocut reduction print. First we’ll design a simple image then using specialist gouges cut the design into our lino. We’ll learn how to overprint each colour. We’ll make some stamps to add to the design and make several copies of the project on paper. No experience is necessary and you’ll be guided every step of the way. It’s a safe and quick way to make your own ideas come to life without mess. All materials are provided but there will be an opportunity to explore a little further with materials you may have at home too. Instructions are supplied so you can carry on after the workshop.
Here is a list of other materials you may have at home that will be useful to help us extend your printing with other ideas.
- Vegetables - sweet potato, potato, corn, carrot…any vegetables will do.
- Shaped pastry cutters - not just round ones - perhaps in the shape of a star or a gingerbread person.
- Pencil and rubbers
- A small block of wood
- Sticky backed foam
- A cardboard tube
- A variety of types of paper or thin card
Simon Ripley is a linocut artist and founder of the Double Elephant Print Workshop based in Exeter. You can see examples of his large scale, vibrant colourful work at www.simonripley.co.uk. Simon specialises in teaching printmaking in a wide variety of settings from schools to festivals to hospitals. Since the start of the pandemic he has been teaching “Printmaking without a press” online to students as far away as Japan, Texas and Istanbul. Simon knows that anyone can discover printmaking whether you think of yourself as an artist or not. Print is about experimenting, having fun and of course making lots of copies of our designs.