Richard Shimell

Richard started printmaking as a newcomer to art in 2010 when he joined the Dartington Printmaking Workshop. He became a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen in September 2016 and works mainly from the studio in his house where he has a Hawthorn press. He lives on the edge of Dartmoor in a landscape full of stunning trees, so he doesn’t have to go far to find ideas for prints.

To create his linocuts, Richard first works out a design, draws it directly on to the plate, then carves away everything he doesn’t want to print using lino-cutting tools, leaving the image in relief.

When he has finished the cutting, he rolls ink out on a glass slab with a large roller, rolls it on to the plate, puts paper on top and puts it through the press.

After studying the first print, or proof and making any changes needed, he makes a second plate the same size and inks it up with a blended roll of colour to make a background.