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 doesn’t have to go far to find inspiration.

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. When it’s smooth, he moves the roller back and forth on the plate, places paper on top and puts it through the press.

After studying the first print, or proof, Richard makes any changes needed. This proofing process can go on for several days! When he’s happy with the image, he can then turn his attention to the background which involves making a second plate the same size and inking it up with a blended roll of colour.