We are delighted to have Kate Guy of Cardabelle Designs join our line up of excellent teachers! Kate had one of our most popular pop ups in our Makers Market and is a very talented printmaker. She’ll be teaching lino printing classes for beginners in our studio and you can still grab a spot to tonight’s class! You’ll learn the principles of relief printing and create your own linocut print to take home. Read on to find out more about Kate and her business…
Question: Tell us a bit about your background. Have you always been a printmaker?
Answer: My father was a graphic designer and he loved traditional printmaking and typography, my mother is an artist and so I was very lucky to grow up in a creative environment.
I made my very first linocut when I was about 6, it is of a cat and I also used some letterpress typography blocks. I did not realise you have to reverse the words as well as the letters to make them come out the right way around and so my print said ‘EREH SI A TAC’ which became a family saying!
I did a degree in Graphic Design and have worked as a designer, illustrator, in an animation studio, as an architectural glass designer and as an Art teacher. In the past couple of years, I have returned to my first loves; printmaking and typography
Q: Your designs are stunning! Where do you find your inspiration?
A: Currently my work is mostly inspired by food and cooking, I love to cook and to eat and to draw the ingredients!
I am also inspired by my surroundings, I love London and have lived here all my life, but I am also very lucky to have family in the South of France where I spend as much time as possible.
Q: What is your favourite part of the process?
A: The reveal! When you pull back the paper after printing and you see the image for the first time, there is always an element of surprise – you are never sure exactly what it will look like.
Q: We are super excited for your upcoming classes. What can students expect?
A: I always start a class by demonstrating the end of the process – printing, I find this gives a very good idea of what a student needs to understand at the beginning of the process to have a successful end! (Hope that makes sense)
Each student will then design and cut their own design into a of piece of lino and print it using my portable press. I also demonstrate how it is possible to print with no specialist equipment – just a wooden spoon! That is one of the things I love about the linocut technique; you really can do it at home on the kitchen table with no expensive equipment.
Q: What would your dream commission print project be?
A: I would like to do more illustration work, with my fixation on food and cooking the moment probably a recipe book or gardening or anything to do with food – even the interior of a restaurant!