Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Nick Cass - Woodblock Printing

In our group tutorial today Nick showed us some of his woodblock print work that he used as part of an exhibition.

I found it extremely helpful. Woodblock was something that I had never really considered using for an image. I assumed that carving a woodblock was basically a more difficult version of linocutting - harder to get the control you need for precision. But Nick showed us ways of transferring images to the wood and cutting in such a way that crisp, clean lines are easily achieved.

I'm still unsure as to whether I'll use woodblock for image printing, as opposed to type, due to its close comparison to lino but this has definitely opened my eyes to the possibilities of using it in the future. Because I've seen Nick's finished prints I know the sorts of things that you can achieve with woodblock therefore it's not essential that I explore it in this project.

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