Lino Prints

Sister Catherine Bennet

Lino print portrait of Sister Catherine Bennett for Women in Print, in partnership with The National Trust. Exhibited at Dunham Massey.

woodland lino print

A Walk in the Woods

 

Emmeline Pankhurst linocut for Women in Print

Emmeline Pankhurst linocut for Women in Print

 

Stephen Hawking linocut with letterpress

Stephen Hawking linocut with letterpress

Lino prints based on myths and legends.

 

Bird Headed Girls. Personal project.

Lino prints based of Staffordshire pottery figurines.

Cat Lino print

Snooty cat lino print, lording it over us from his gold cushion-throne.

This collection is based on Staffordshire pottery figurines. I love the personalities and odd expressions these collectables have, and wanted to capture them in print-form.

Printed with linseed oil-based inks onto gorgeous 250 gsm deckle-edged Somerset Satin paper.

Sold unmounted and unframed. Comes wrapped in tissue paper in a board-backed envelope. Signed and numbered.

Check out my Instagram for my #100daysproject, #100daysofprint! https://www.instagram.com/nellsmithprints/

Pigeon Lino Print

Pink pigeon lino print, flirtily gazing down from a wooden stump. Coo!

This collection is based on Staffordshire pottery figurines. I love the personalities and odd expressions these collectables have, and wanted to capture them in print-form.

Printed with linseed oil-based inks onto gorgeous 250 gsm deckle-edged Somerset Satin paper.

Sold unmounted and unframed. Comes wrapped in tissue paper in a board-backed envelope. Signed and numbered.

Check out my other prints based on Staffordshire pottery figurines!

Groovy Goat Lino Print

Original lino print of a groovy goat, standing proudly on his mountain top.

This collection of prints is based on Staffordshire pottery figurines. I love the personalities and odd expressions these collectables have, and wanted to capture them in print-form.

Printed with linseed oil-based inks onto gorgeous 250 gsm deckle-edged Somerset Satin paper.

Sold unmounted and unframed. Comes wrapped in tissue paper in a board-backed envelope. Signed and numbered.

Check out my other prints based on Staffordshire pottery figurines! https://nellsmith.co.uk/product-category/lino-prints/

Grumpy Leopard Lino Print

Original 2 colour lino print of a leopard, staring grumpily.

This collection is based on Staffordshire pottery figurines. I love the personalities and odd expressions these collectables have, and wanted to capture them in print-form.

Printed with linseed oil-based inks onto gorgeous 250 gsm deckle-edged Somerset Satin paper.

Sold unmounted and unframed. Comes wrapped in tissue paper in a board-backed envelope. Signed and numbered.

Check out my other prints based on Staffordshire pottery figurines! https://nellsmith.co.uk/?s=lino+prints

 

Poodle lino print

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Original lino print of a pink poodle, gazing vacantly down from a golden plinth.

This collection is based on Staffordshire pottery figurines. I love the personalities and odd expressions these collectables have, and wanted to capture them in print-form.

Printed with linseed oil-based inks onto gorgeous 250 gsm deckle-edged Somerset Satin paper. Measures 29 x 19 cm.

Sold unmounted and unframed. Comes wrapped in tissue paper in a board-backed envelope. Signed and numbered.

Check out my other prints based on Staffordshire pottery figurines!

Lino Prints

Paul Peter Piech at the People’s History Museum

Paul Peter Piech

A couple of weeks ago, I had a little staycation in Manchester, and went to an amazing retrospective exhibition of the work of Paul Peter Piech at the People’s History Museum. It was incredibly inspiring, included in the display were politically charged lino prints, book covers and posters.

I love the urgency and sheer volume of his work. The prints he made were innovative, bold and powerful. He never stopped making and making, frenetically producing his prints. It made me want to put some Sun Ra on and carve lino blocks.

The exhibition runs til the 12th of February, and I urge you to go and see it.

Letterpress Love

Last August I applied for funding from the David Canter Trust, through the Devon Guild of Craftsmen to enable me to take a course at Hotbed Press. This award is made every other year, each time focusing on a different craft discipline. Last year was print, so I applied in August, and found out in December that I had been successful, and was able to pay the deposit on the Complete Letterpress Printer course! Originally I had wanted to take the Complete Printmaker course, but it was fully booked by the time I found out I got the funding, and I didn’t want to wait another year to start learning! The emphasis in my funding application was on sharing my knowledge with others, so over the past few months I have been thinking about how I can do this with letterpress, through demonstrations and workshops. I had read about Nick Hand and his Printing Bike project, and thought it was an amazing idea, to be a mobile print workshop! I thought I could do a slightly more localised version of this, get an Adana press and a trailer for my bike, and take letterpress to those less able to access print studios. I started to look at presses on ebay, just to get an idea of price and what was out there. Presses and type go for crazy prices, letterpress has seen such a resurgence in popularity lately that people are getting caught up in wild bidding wars. I was idly looking on instagram a couple of weeks ago and what popped up in my timeline, but an Adana 8×5 press for sale from a print studio in London! A SIGN! I swiftly emailed the director of the studio, and put in a offer. He got back to me with a counter offer, and said if I could come down to London the press was mine! So, in a characteristically hasty move, I took his offer and spent all my Christmas earnings before I’d even been to my first letterpress class. Sometimes you just have to take a risk, right?!

Well, luckily I absolutely LOVED my first taste of letterpress! Everything about it is so beautiful and sensory, from the smell of the ink to the clunk of the press. Elizabeth Willow is such a great teacher, incredibly knowledgeable and patient. It was so nice to hear everyone’s reasons for taking the course, too, and how important we all felt it was to carve out some time for ourselves, and have permission to explore a new technique thoroughly.

On Monday I travelled down to London to collect the press from Marcroy Smith at People of Print Studio. I was little nervous about how weighty the beast would be, I was armed with a £10 trolley from Clas Olhson, and a LOT of bungee cords. Marcroy was lovely, and helped me get it into a taxi. Wheeling it along was fine, but the less said about my stance on the escalators at Euston the better! Anyway, he’s all settled in at the Craft Centre now, and I’ve done my first test prints, using one of my linocuts and a precision mounting base in the chase. I don’t have any type yet, so if you, or anyone you know is selling some, let me know!

 

Adana 8x5

Adana 8×5 in his new home

letterpress print

Ride. Copper on black

 

I really think that a mobile press would be a most excellent thing, and will be setting up a Kickstarter to get funds for a trailer for my bike, and the accessories I’ll need to bring print to the people. I need a lot of type, ink, and paper! At the moment I’m trying to get a bit of interest going in the project, and put feelers out about the kind of rewards people would like, workshops, prints and that kind of thing, so get in touch if you have any feedback!

Women in Print

I was super excited to be invited to take part in the exhibition Women in Print by Jane Bowyer, illustrator, designer and all-round good egg. I’m exhibiting alongside 15 top-class female artists, so I feel very flattered to be asked to contribute. The launch is tonight at Rudy’s Pizza, one of my favourite pizza joints in Manchester. It runs ’til the 30th of August, so get yourself down and buy some prints, all proceeds go to Manchester Women’s Aid. Prints, pizza and beer, what’s not to like??

 

emmeline pankhurst print

Lino print of Emmeline Pankhurst for Women in Print exhibition

 

“From political reformists to palaeobotanists, the work of women has helped to shape Manchester into the great city it is today. Women in Print is an exhibition of work by sixteen local designers, print-makers and illustrators that celebrates the life and achievements of sixteen iconic female figures who’ve made a significant contribution to Manchester.”

Launch Night
July 18th at 6pm

Exhibition
July 19th – August 30th

Where
Rudy’s Pizza Place

About

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Nell Smith produces expressive drawings, lino and screen prints.  Taking inspiration from the imagery of nature, people, and the labour behind hand-made work, she enjoys exploring traditional techniques, and the physicality of printmaking.

In 2014 she became a member of Hot Bed Press printmaker’s studio in Salford. In 2016 she was awarded the David Cantor Memorial Award from the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, allowing her to undertake the Complete Letterpress Printmaker course, which is an exciting addition to her practice.

Nell is also an affiliate maker at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, having set up her practice here in 2008, after completing an MA in Textiles at Manchester School of Art. She also teaches and runs workshops. Highlights include working as Associate Lecturer at UCLAN and as Lead Designer on the V&A funded ‘Design For Life’ project. nellsmithprints.com

 

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