Kath Lockhart – Reduction Lino Prints

Kath has been a Green Door member since 2014 when she retired from a thirty year career as a teacher of Art and Design at secondary level. During this time, and into retirement, she was also a GCSE and A level moderator for the AQA exam board from 1995-2017. As a teacher of art, all areas of the subject had to be delivered but a visit with students to a local print studio in the North East set her on the path as a print maker, eventually specialising in reduction lino cut (and screen printing sometimes) She is still interested in the eductional process and occasionally run workshops for local art groups and schools.

She gets her ideas from everywhere, mostly landscapes, and mostly from where she lives. What interests her aa much as the image she makes is the process used to make it, using lino cut techniques and tools, some conventional, some not. However, as always, when the paper is about to be lifted, there is the anticipation and then the moment of surprise when the image is revealed.

Linocut is a form of relief printmaking where an image is drawn onto a block of lino and areas are removed using a gouge. When this is inked up and transferred onto another surface, usually paper, only the inked parts leave an impression. Where the lino has been cut away will remain the colour of the paper.

More than one colour can be used to build up an image and there are two ways in which this can be done. One technique is to use different blocks. The other is called reduction linocut where a multi-layered image can be created from a single block. The block is carved, removing only the areas that are to remain the colour of the paper. A layer of ink is applied and printed. The areas that will remain the colour just printed are then removed and another layer applied over this. This is repeated until the desired image is complete. At each stage the size of the printing area is reduced. Also the prints have to be registered in exactly the same place for each new colour.

The number of prints taken from one block is called an edition. When one block is used this is a limited edition because the block is destroyed in the process and so cannot be repeated.

Some examples of Kath’s work are below: