Now this is what I call an ambitious printmaking project

Filed Under (General, Printing, Technology Reviews) by ronan on 10-05-2014



View this interesting video of a linocut printmaking process that is undertaken by artist – Creative Fellow Angela Cavalieri ( The process from design through to final hanging is fascinating for its ambition.


Angela Cavalieri: large scale linocut printmaking process











Mick Manning and Brita Granström exhibition opens at Bradford College

Filed Under (Events, General, Printing, Research) by ronan on 20-09-2013

manning_invite_f1I am pleased to be opening the first exhibition of the academic year, in the Bradford Gallery at the Yorkshire Craft Centre. Featuring the work of Mick Manning and Brita Granström.

Multi-award winning children’s author and illustrator Mick Manning began his career at Bradford College’s School of Art in 1978. Over the last twenty years he, and his partner, Brita Granström, have written and illustrated over seventy children’s books. In 2012 Bradford College nominated Mick for a AoC Gold Award and as a result he was honoured on the AoC Roll of Honour. Last year Mick and Brita were jointly shortlisted for the ALMA – the largest children’s book award in the  world.

This unique exhibition, the first time Mick’s work has returned to be exhibited in his native West Yorkshire, will not only display the original book illustrations from Mick and Brita’s highly acclaimed books: Charles Dickens: Scenes from an extraordinary life, Taff in the WAAF and Tail-End Charlie but will also feature canvases, paintings and prints, many  available for sale. Brita Granström was educated in Sweden and is an exhibiting and collectable fine artist in her own right.

The exhibition runs from 30th September until 11th October 2013. The Gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 10.30am until 4pm.

Please come along, on Thursday 3rd October from 5-7pm  I look forward to seeing you there.


Pizza packaging print !

Filed Under (General, Printing) by ronan on 16-07-2012

picture of print

Moonlit Churchyard

Using the polystyrene disc from the packaging of a frozen pizza as the support and a biro to “engrave” the image, this print was real fun to make.  The water-based ink took well to the polystyrene and the baren used was the back of a wooden spoon. The image itself is made-up i.e. out of my head – but the light, perhaps moonlight on the wet foreground, which is a result of the random inking gives a sense of atmosphere. Lifting the paper after printing is tricky due to the weightlessness of the polystyrene. Total time – from idea to finished print 50 minutes. Good result – and the pizza was nice too!









Filed Under (Printing) by ronan on 23-12-2011

Urban Night 3 - Linocut

A very enjoyable exercise – cutting the lino is satisfying and a simple process.

Printing with water-based ink is a little hit and miss but the result here is a fairly good print – about 5cm X 5cm. I only got four good prints from the linocut before it started to get clogged up.

More experiments needed. Now working on producing a small book with typeset in Univers 18pt condensed unto a A3 folded into 8 A5 pages – poems and pictures.