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The Hopeful Traveller, Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden

 

I became a printmaker because I was enchanted by the beauty of the etched line, of rich, velvety blacks, the deliciousness of eaten away textures, lace, ribbon, hessian, foil, feather, netting; layer upon layer, process within process, the final image always surprising, always more than envisaged.

I love the magic of the etching process, the way a mordant will eat away at a metal plate transforming the drawn line into something richer, more textural, more expressive; a wayward, crumbling evocation.

I feel like an alchemist as first I fill the eaten away marks with ink, then roll plate and paper through a press where a pressure of two tons will force damp fibres into the holes to emboss the image onto the paper.

What do I do with all this magic? I tell stories. I make up new ones and circle old favourites, discovering new perspectives, alternate endings, musing upon what ifs.

 

Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden Etchings by artist and printmaker Jay Linden

I am an english teacher turned artist printmaker who has a passion for children's books and who lives a mostly hermetic life down the bottom of the garden in my studio, wrestling with the creative process, which increasingly mirrors spiritual process - as within so without.

 

 

 

   

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