Japanese woodblock techniques were the starting point of my printmaking career, and continue to be the foundation on which my practice is built. Japanese tools (knives, chisels, presses) are the vital common denominator in my various printmaking methods, and from woodblock to vinylcut, it’s these tools that I use consistently, whilst the carving medium, ink type, inking method, and papers may vary with each print project.
The work of Japanese artist Ohara Koson (1877 – 1945) is a main source of inspiration for me. Many of Koson’s designs are in the kacho-e genre, depicting flora and fauna. I find his style appealing in its simplicity, and my own approach to print design is strongly influenced by it, with a need to encapsulate both minimalism and realism in the prints I create.
I utilise the medium of print not just as a means of mechanical reproduction, but to create a succession of handcrafted, original works of art which exhibit a depth of colour and surface texture that are unique to hand-pulled prints.