I’m not the most green-fingered of folk, but inspired by my mum (who is) I’ve attempted to grow a few things in my garden in South London for the past few years, to mixed success. This year however, for the first time I’ve managed to grow a bumper harvest of blueberries and this weekend we picked, washed and scoffed the lot. Delicious. The photos show the results of the haul (after my little boy had eaten a fair few straight off the plant that is…).
My blueberry plant – laden with fruit.
A sieve full of blueberries
Blueberries – good enough to eat.
This gave me some inspiration for a little sketch.
So I’ve only very recently rediscovered lino cutting – and I love it. There is something so very therapeutic about hand carving the design and textures. I’ve been using a couple of different types of soft cut – which I find much easier to handle than the hard grey hessian backed lino that we used back in school. I suspect that you get a better, more consistent result from the hard grey stuff – but as I’m just re-learning how to work with this material the softer squidgier stuff feels easier to carve into (and I definitely seem to have less cuts and finger scrapes this time around). Here is a sneak look at the blocks that I’ve cut to create the below prints.
I have final little confession. I’ve been using a wooden handled cutter that I found buried deep in a drawer – and thinking back, I suspect I might have filched it from my secondary school back in the 80’s. Oops. Think I might owe them an apology…