A series of lino and letterpress original prints celebrating Hitchin's iconic buildings and landmarks
Inspired by railway posters and the artwork of Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious, these prints were made from original drawings which I transferred to lino, and made using the reduction technique in several colours. Finished with lettering using vintage letterpress type, the prints are limited to a run of 10 or 20 each, and are being continually added to.
Original limited editioned and signed prints are still available for some prints; all images can be ordered as high quality digitally printed posters in A3 and A4. Calendars, cards and mugs also available.
Prints available so far (May 2017): St Mary's Church Hitchin Girls' School Ickleford School Wilshere Dacre School Windmill Hill: summer Windmill Hill: snow Bancroft Park & Flower Garden- spring and autumn Churchyard Hitchin Swimming Pool Hitchin Lavender Hitchin Town FC: signed and plain The British School Physic Garden The Chalky, Oughtonhead
Pub Crawl series: The Victoria Molly Malones The Half Moon Sir John Barleycorn Coopers Arms The Highlander The Red Hart The George The Woolpack The Old George (Ickleford) Hermitage Rd. The Rose & Crown
Illustration Commissions: Farley's Hair Salon Maison Blanc Vintage Bay
Hitchin Prints can be purchased as posters online through Etsy- click on each image to go to the product page, or for the shop click below.
Some are available as originals- please contact me.
West Alley Gallery, Hitchin, Herts
How the prints are made
The first stage is to draw the image, using sketches and photographs. Next this needs to be drawn again but in reverse (a mirror image).
Oncethedrawinghasbeenreversed,this new reverse image isdrawnontothe linoinmarkerpen,andtheareaswhicharetoremainwhiteonthe printarecutawaywitha linocuttingtool.
The linoblock is then inked with a roller, and the image printed from the inky block onto artists paper. The number of prints made at this point is the number I end up with!
After this, the second area is cut away from the linoblock and printed directly on top of the once-printed paper- the new parts cut away will remain the colour of the ink used in the first print.
This process is repeated several times, so the print is made in either three, four or five colours- the same linoblock is gradually cut away each time to leave only the area which is to be printed. Usually the colours start with the lightest or palest colour first, getting darker with every layer, normally ending in black. Each time the inked linoblock is placed on the prints individually, and is aligned by eye.
The next stage is to select the right fonts and sizes from vintage letterpress lettering, and set it in what is known as a chase, making sure all the letters are the right way round (and the right letter- no Roab instead of Road!)
Nextisinkingthe lettering,andcarefullylayingthefinishedprintontopoftheletterpressblock to print the wording-theletterpress andchasearemade ofmetalsotooheavytopickupandlayontheprint,though doingitthis waywould reducethelikelihoodofthepaperbeinglaidonthechaseatthewrongangle!
Once editioned (numbered), signed and framed, the original is now finished. Hooray!
prints can be bought in a range of Hitchin shops, and online: seemorehere