Stephanie Sloan is an illustrator and printmaker based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. We love her minimalist illustrative style as she explores depth, light, texture and pattern. She combines her passion for the craft of screen printing with hand drawn and digital techniques: “I embrace the combination of technology with drawing and the organic process of printmaking, allowing the work to develop at each stage of the process.”
Alexandra Buckle is a reduction linocut printmaker based in Bicester, England. Reduction linocuts involves cutting and inking several layers from a single linoleum block to create a multi-colored print. The first color is printed, then the block reduced by cutting away and the second color is printed on top of the first color. The block is repeatedly cut and inked until you have your finished print. The professional printmaker is impressionistic in style, colorful, full of light, depth and detail. Many of her linocuts are woodland themed finding them a constant source of inspiration. On Jackson’s Art she says this about her use of colors:
“I work from my own photos, so the colours are partly guided by the photo, but generally I find the photos are more helpful in guiding me with the tonal values. The colours are mainly guided from my memory of the scene with a little artistic license added in to create the correct mood! Sometimes once I start printing, the results start to dictate the colour choices and I have to readjust my plan! I normally use 5 or 6 colours in each print. The most I have ever used is 8, but I felt that the piece didn’t really benefit from having more colours.”
Cathy King originally trained as a teacher but has now focused on her earlier interests in painting, drawing and printing. The Devon- based printmaker is inspired by natural environment, in particular the landscape and coastline of Devon. Her chosen print methods are linocuts, collagraphs and monoprints, favoring each of them for their individual qualities. The use of line and form are central to her work and color is used carefully to balance the composition and design of the print.