Nothing has given me more satisfaction in the last few years than going back to creating art and craft with my own heart and hands. I returned to printmaking after my early introduction to it in college — specifically copper plate etching and linoleum block printing. For etching, I’ve taken my inspiration from the natural world and my love of Florida’s waters and sailing. I also found kindred souls in those who rebelled against the First Industrial Revolution: the Pre-Raphaelites and the practitioners of the Arts & Crafts Movement, such as the Roycrofters; Morris and Mackintosh. Then there are the turn-of-the-20th century illustrators who were my inspiration for all of my early pen & ink work: Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham; Crane and Parrish. Dulac and Detmold. Franklin Booth and Joseph Clement Coll. That early passion for pen and ink is now translated to etching. It’s the expression of the line that I go back to, again and again, and my latest work reflects a more personal return to mythic and Faerie tale themes. In addition to etching, the graphic designer in me has rediscovered the pleasures of the craft — and the inherent problem-solving — of the block print. Early 20th century Arts & Crafts period block print artists such as Frances Gearhart and Gustave Baumann are revelations and I’m inspired to bring my love of sailing and the water to my work in linocut and woodcut printmaking.
Studio Ibis – Holly Bird, Printmaker
Author, Columnist and Director of the National Arts & Crafts Conference at The Grove Park Inn since 1988
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