Kirstie Dedman’s linocuts make me feel serene. Usually still life pieces from in the home, or shots of rolling landscapes, the hand coloured linocuts and reduction works feel, well, peaceful to me.
But there’s also something satisfyingly graphic about the work, which makes sense when you learn Kirstie is a trained graphic artist and also a freelance illustrator. But linocut seems to be a calling for her. “I first did it at Harrogate College doing my Art Foundation Course. It wasn’t something I’d ever done before, and I loved the different stages to the process,” she explains. “I particularly loved using the huge presses there, and the ability to create huge pieces. I seem to remember spending a lot of time with inky fingers and trying to get clean with Swarfega – and badly cut fingers!”
Kirstie says her inspiration comes, as you might expect, from the outdoors – but also more retro bits and bobs too of late. “I live in the countryside and have two dogs to walk, so lots of inspiration comes from those walks. I also love looking at other artists works and trying out new techniques, this can lead to new ideas. But my latest works are of kitsch ice lollies, that idea came from walking past an ice cream van. I’d been doing some logo design and wanted to print something in quite a Pop Art style, then I saw the ice cream van and had my lightbulb moment…”
Like many of us, Kirstie has been using online channels to distribute her work. “I sell through Etsy, Folksy and ArtFinder,” she explains. “They take it in turns to give me sales. I sell best when people see the prints in real life. I recently did a local exhibition which was really successful. I much prefer events where you are not charged up front, but give a percentage of your takings. I find at those events everyone works harder to get buyers through the door!
Another feeling many new printers will be familiar with is that which comes from a home printing set up. “I’m using a spare room as a makeshift studio, but when I have lots of printing to do I often use my dining room table. I’d love my own studio, but that’s just a dream currently. My press is a spoon used with grit and determination,” she says.
Even as Kirstie continues to work on her lolly series, more ideas are forming. “They should be finished in the next day or two – but then I have an idea for a more conceptual piece about how time disappears in a day… that’s still in the planning stages, and I have Christmas cards to design, so lots to do. I find it better to have a few things on the go at once, at different stages, that means no down time, and keeps my energy levels up.”
You can view and buy Kirstie’s work HERE. Go immediately.