Titus Salt

Titus Salt built Saltaire a mill and village near Shipley, this is now a world Heritage site and if you are coming north to Leeds or Bradford it’s well worth the visit. There is a permenant exhibition of David Hockney’s work – a Bradford lad, along with some great stores and an antique shop.

Titus died in 1876 and this is my tribute. All these items: the Prints, tea Towels and cards are available from a wonderful shop on the High Street just above the mill, called Radstudio – run by Gina

If you go to Saltaire take a trip up the high street as there are a number of interesting shops and cafes – even a pub called ‘Don’t tell Titus’ – he would be turning in his grave

 

Print, Tea Towel and card

I initially cut the Lino to make a series of open prints, then decided that it would make a nice Tea-Towel and finally a card.

 

Earlier for a local Saltaire makers fair I made a print of one of the lions – also available through Radstudio, the story goes that these were supposed to be the ones for Trafalgar Square, they now adorn Saltaire Town Hall, further up the High Street near Massarella’s Art Cafe – home to a number of my framed Rock Icon prints

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland

The Book and the illustrations are now out of copyright – I have always been a fan of both and thought I would cut some new versions based on the original illustrations

 

Lino Prints onto pages from old books

Here are the 5 Lino Cuts printed on to pages from old paperback books bought on Amazon – I’m looking for the cheapest paperback book i can find as I want the pages to have yellowed – I did get one lady tick me off for destroying books – but I feel that I’m preserving part of the book, with the hope that these will inspire people to re read the original book. I am sure Lewis Carroll would understand.

These prints have sold well at the recent two craft fairs I attended.

 

If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I like to extend the life of the images I create into digital and other media. I have made two of them in to A6 cards and will add to these shortly. I also ran a short run of t-shirts to see if these would prove popular

 

 

People Series

There is an artist called Geoffrey Johnson that I much admire and I wanted to look at a series of prints inspired by him but using Lino printing.

 

Method

I start with a photograph, bought online and played around with it in Photoshop to reduce the elements to shapes that still maintained the form of people, I have also added some of the shadows. I got a huge response on Linocut Friends when I posted the first one. This is a great facebook group. A really good source of information, advice and help on all aspects of Lino printing, along with some amazing work from all around the world.

 

 
I then print these out using a laser toner printer and iron them onto the Grey linoleum – you need to be careful as it can damage the Lino – you can get air pockets which make carving dificult. I then carve and as you can see from the 1st one, the second and third have better reflections. From advice I recieved on Linocut Friends – have been using a Ghost technique on the reflections.
You ink as normal and then using scrap paper you remove some of the ink – I print by hand so I was careful to only lightly rub these areas so the they remain lighter in colour to the main people images.
 
The yellow ochre colour in the background is achieved by roller inking through a papermask (a rectangular hole in the Paper). The lines and shapes in the background are created by the roller and a happy accident of the cut lines on the board I laid the paper on to carry out the inking, the soft edge to the yellow areas is part of the masking process.
 
Because the surface pattern and inking is hand done – each print is allthough part of the series – unique. I have one more to print in this first series.
 
I also really like the pattern in the background so I’m planning to try this in a more planned way
 

 

Self- Portrait

I thought it was time I updated my business cards and decided to create a self-portrait and at the same time experiment with some colour ways.

There is a great facebook site called Linocut Friends and I used this forum to see what people thought was the most popular version, the Orange and Blue one won hands down –

But the other two shown above recieved enough votes to make me think about it. One of the suggestions on the comments was to print a quantity of business cards using the most popular designs and see how they went at the craft fairs I attend – so I have done just that.

Method

I start with a photograph, I have a couple of APPs on my iPad that I use to work out colours and structure- what and were to cut, see some examples below – The APPs are PhotoStudio and recently Photo Lab – these are free versions – I find that these help with the planning and colour options.

I then start by making a Black and White image based on one of the above ideas and print this using a laser printer – the toner varity. I then iron this onto the Lino, if yopu paln to do this be careful as too much heat and the lino will bubble, leaving voids in the lino and this can result in bits coming away during the cutting process. Depending on the image and the Lino I end up with enough of an impression of were the main elements of the face are and use this as the basis of the drawing phase, you can see the result in the Header image – this is with the highlights already cut, the tonal areas are from the iorning process. Once I am happy with the drawing I wipe over the lino with some red Lino ink – I look at a number of the images above on my Ipad as I cut the Lino – the advantage of using the iPad is you can reverse the image so it matches the image on the Lino and increase the size of different areas to show more detail.

I often use 1 stage of the Lino cutting process to add multi colours creating masks to allow this see image 1, I used  masking tape and then cut around the image to create a mask, using this to ink and then removing the mask before laying on the paper, this worked in this case as I only printed 4 different versions of each colour combination as I dont plan to print any editions of the image. Image 2 shows yellow base colour added after the orange printing. Image 3 shows the Sky Blue added after the second cut – due to the yellow underneath this has gone a little green. Image 4 shows the final darker Blue added after the last Lino Cut. Image 5 is a single colour print off the last Lino cut.

I will post an image of the Business cards once I have them

 

 

 

Thom Yorke Radiohead

 
I am a long time Radiohead fan – and this is my tribute to the lead singer Thom Yorke
This is a reduction print in 3 stages – see the header image – On the full colour print below this has 4 coulours – but the pale blue background and yellow were printed from the same plate – the second reduction was the red and the final colour a brown /black

I also printed a blue version in three shades of blue and this has had more hits on instagram than the full colour version?

I was very happy that I managed to cut the final colour in such a way as to enable me to print off a single colour print

there are 10 of teh full and Blue an there will be 20 off each of two colours in the single pass

Here are the results

 

These Limited edtion prints can be found on my Artfinder store

 

 

 

 

Madchester

My son Tom lives and works in Australia and one of his friends runs a Madchester Event each month and he asked if I could produce some portraits of Richard Ashcroft, Liam and Noel from Oasis, Damon Albarn from Blur, Jarvis Coker form Pulp, Ian Brown from the Stone Roses and Alex Turner (although he is from Sheffield).

Here are the results

These Limited edtion prints can be found on my Artfinder store

Digital versions

I have produced A5 versions of some of these in two colours

These digital prints will be soon avaiable on my Etsy store

 

 

Kirkstall Abbey Multi colour print

Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in north-west of Leeds in West Yorkshire England. It is set in a public park on the banks of the Aire River It was founded c.1152.
It was partially destroyed by Henry the 8th as part of his purge on the wealth of the Monasteries.
The picturesque ruins have been drawn and painted by the great William Turner and now my hmble attempt – this is a multi colour print based on two Lino Blocks

 

The first plate cut was the Black based on a Photo I took recently, then a second plate cut and printed in Blue and green – with the black then printed over the top

 

Where to buy

The Limited edtion prints are all available on my Artfinder page www.artfinder.com/jaggerart

 

Tiger Tiger

 

I wanted to try a portrait of an animal and the Tiger Tiger print was the first one, this took about 16 hours to cut using my finest Pfeil tool to create the fine fur like effect.

After I recovered from this I cut the Leopard print in about 12 hours, I’m now looking for two more animals to make up the series

I also used the  Tiger Tiger print as a digital version for a small A6 card and these and the Larger TigerTiger print sold well at the Kirkstall Art Trail recently

 
Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page and I sell my digital prints through my Etsy store
 

Feature in Creativpaper

I recently was contacted by the great guys at Creativpaper who have very kindly featured me on their website in February 2018 and have now added me in the June edtion of their magazine

you can see the website link here and the magazine link below

CreativPaper Issue No. 009 Vol 1:

https://issuu.com/creativpaper/docs/creativpaper-issue-009-vol-001

And available in print below:

http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1467499?__r=1087401

 

How exciting is this to be in print

Were to buy

Originals of which can be found on my Artfinder page, https://www.artfinder.com/jaggerart#/

I also have a selection of digital images availble on my Etsy Store here

see the gallery for more Rock Icons

 

Rihanna two colour print

 

As you will see from my website most of the images of Rock Icons are men – mostly old men – the reason – they are the people I listen to and admire and they are easier to cut using Lino because they have weathered faces. Women and young women on the other hand are harder as they have smoother skin. This print of Rihanna was an attempt to find a way of overcoming these obstacles. using the second colour to create the tonal planes on the face. I think it works? but I would be happy for you to let me know.

 

According to Wikipedia – Rihanna is one of the best selling artists of all time, with 230 million records sold worldwide. Rihanna is the youngest solo artist to earn Fourteen number 1 singles in the USA and has a total of thirty one top-ten singles. Among numerous awards Rihanna has won nine Grammy’s twelve American Music Awards and twelve 12 billboard Awards. Furthermore. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the in 2014. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity, while Time Magazine her on the annual list of the most influential people in the world..

 

A true superstar and a great role model for women

You can buy from here Artfinder