I am an artist, printer, designer and workshop tutor, with a Fine Art Degree, based in Hassocks. I love where I live. I’m in the middle of the countryside and yet only 10 minutes on the train from Brighton and just under an hour to London. I am very lucky being able to work from a studio in my home, from where I can see the South Downs and the Jack and Jill Windmills at Clayton. I have so many inspirational things around me and find that there aren’t enough hours in the day to draw and print as much as I would like.
Using a combination of photography and sketching, I create my linocut images. Once I have drawn the picture I trace it onto the linoleum so that it is in reverse. I then use my cutting tools to carefully carve into the Lino. Ink is then rolled onto the surface with a brayer. Next, paper is applied on top followed by the pressure of either a wooden spoon or printing press. The paper is then carefully pulled back to reveal the final image which is now back to its original way round. Most of my prints are produced in Limited Editions. For multi-coloured pictures the reduction method is used which is as above except a lengthier process involving waiting for each colour to dry, cutting more Lino away and applying fresh ink for each layer. I run a beginners workshop at the Garden Room, South Downs Nurseries, Hassocks. For workshop bookings please see http://www.makeandmaking.co.uk
Follow me @suecollinsart on Instagram if you would like to keep up to date with my current practice. To see current and future exhibitions please visit my website.