These hand coloured lino prints are inspired by paintings and objects held at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth.
The sixty mile coast of Ceredigion is steeped in a rich history of ship building. Brigantines, sloops, barques, full rigged ships sailed up and down the coast of Wales and fortunes were made by young sailors venturing onto the seven seas from these shores.
The lino cuts are produced by printing black oil based ink onto watercolour paper. I tend not ot use a press but burnish the paper with a wooden spoon. I have a very low ‘tech.’ method of printing , usually on the kitchen table. Then, when the ink is dry I hand colour each print with top quality watercolour paint. Each image is unique.
With the encouragement of Gwenllian Ashley, former assistant curator at the museum, I produced a range of brightly coloured ship prints which were turned into many products for the museum shop; bags, calendars, T-towels, mugs, table mats, postcard, paper weights and greetings cards all helped raise funds for the museum over the years.
Once again the ships of Wales travelled all over the world.’
Many of the original prints have been sold to collectors and appear in public and private collections.