Block Printing Workshop – House of Illustration

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Waaaay back in March I took part in a block printing workshop at the House of Illustration in Kings Cross, London. House of Illustration is a great little gallery founded by Quentin Blake and I highly recommend a visit. When I visited for this course they were also running an exhibition on graphic design from North Korea; I love a bit of propaganda art and this did not disappoint.

The class was run by Polly from Alizarin Studio and explored different ways to create printing blocks with both found objects and lino techniques. I knew I wanted to create something with a mid-century feel and had sketched out a few ideas before I went.



We used a soft plastic ‘lino’ to create our blocks, I decided to cut mine out individually so I could mix up the print layout a bit.






Here’s what I came up with! I wanted to have a flash of bright colour and also an offset/ missed register effect.



Whilst editing these photos for this post I accidentally desaturated one of my photos…I actually really like this in monochrome too! Hooray for mistakes and the inspiration they bring.



Studio space, or rather half of it:



A selection of the finished work!



All in all a good day and fun to do some physical printing again. And afterwards I went for cocktails and saw some old, dear friends. When in London, right?!



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