Polly S' Profile

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I'm based in sunny Brighton on the south coast of the UK and work from my top floor studio from where I can just about see the sea in between the rooftops. It's all a bit Mary Poppins as somebody once said to me.

I produce hand printed lino cuts, cutting the designs with traditional tools, then printing them onto acid free paper using either water based inks or water soluble oil based inks. I have an old ACME mangle which I use to print up my linocuts, alongside a more basic press based on two blocks which I stand on (basic I know but sometimes the simplest things are the most effective!). Both methods get used in my studio, through trial and error I know which lino's work best in which press.

Inspiration comes from things that surround me,…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 20
  • Joined June 23, 2009

Favorite materials

Lino, water based inks, water soluble oil based inks, paper, card, collages

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About

Hello! Thanks for taking the time to browse CrossStreetPress.

I'm based in sunny Brighton on the south coast of the UK and work from my top floor studio from where I can just about see the sea in between the rooftops. It's all a bit Mary Poppins as somebody once said to me.

I produce hand printed lino cuts, cutting the designs with traditional tools, then printing them onto acid free paper using either water based inks or water soluble oil based inks. I have an old ACME mangle which I use to print up my linocuts, alongside a more basic press based on two blocks which I stand on (basic I know but sometimes the simplest things are the most effective!). Both methods get used in my studio, through trial and error I know which lino's work best in which press.

Inspiration comes from things that surround me, particularly my small collection of cups and pots. I like their shapes and patterns and the way they sit together. I treat my linos like letterpress blocks and line them up in different combinations. I see them as arrangement on a shelf.

A huge part of my work is the enjoyment in the medium of printmaking - firstly the initial carving of the lino particularly with tiny blocks which you only have so much control of so to a certain extent some of it is left to chance which I embrace. Secondly, the actual inking up and printing of the blocks is a totally different stage which also has it's risks. I'm definitely not a control freak so am happy to leave it to chance.

As they're all printed by hand no two are ever identical. All colours are mixed, and pressure on the linos is never the same so there will always be a difference in intensity of colour. I like this slightly uncontrollable nature of my linocuts - some behave, others don't, but I don't mind.

I've also recently ventured out into collage and you can see my growing collection of butterfly hearts which are emerging from my box of bits and bobs torn from magazines, catalogues, wrapping paper and books.

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