Some years later, after deciding to leave my career as a Staff Development Trainer for an NHS trust in London, we relocated to Monmouthshire where I retrained to become a freelance Primary School Art Teacher. Alongside my work in schools, I decided to revisit my love of printmaking and after attending refresher courses at a local studio, I was hooked (again) and in 2016 I set up my business DelARTful Designs.
My prints are created using linocut and collagraph printmaking techniques. Linocut is a process where sharp cutting tools are used to cut away part of the flat surface of a block of linoleum. After cutting, the remaining surface is inked with a roller and hand-printed on my relief press. To create my collagraph printing plates I add marks and textures to a piece of mountboard, like a collage, before inking using the intaglio method and printing on my #2 Gunning etching press.
I enjoy the endless possibilities of creating a printing block or plate and the magic and excitement of pulling the first print never fades. My current work is inspired by the natural world with a focus on wildlife, but I also like to explore retro imagery from my childhood.