Here at Salmon Jam Press, Cassie, Moss and I are never far from our source of inspiration: the trees and rivers of Northumberland.
I am an artist printmaker, creating wood prints, wood engravings, woodcuts and letterpress from my musings on the river bank, and often in the river itself.
My wood prints are made from printing the wood itself. I burn it to raise the grain so everything you see in the print is the nature of the wood itself revealed in all its mystery and complexity.
Come and take a look at what is hiding in the Wood- you will love it!
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few."
My Original Wood Prints are made by using the Shou Sugi Ban technique to charr the wood and raise the grain. This gives me a printable surface, and with careful cleaning, inking, and hand burnishing I am able to make a print of the surface of the wood itself.
"the use of woodcuts will know no end, so long as the importance of printing is duly appreciated and the liberty of the press held sacred. "
Thomas Bewick Wood Engraver 1753-1828