Printmaking is an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a template onto another surface, most often paper or fabric.
Lino cutting is a relief process in which tools are used to carve a design into the surface of the lino. The raised areas that remain after the block has been cut are inked and printed, while the recessed areas that are cut away do not retain ink, and will remain blank in the final print. The resulting print is the mirror image of the original design on the lino. To print from the lino requires the application of controlled pressure, most often achieved by using a printing press, which creates an even impression of the design when it is printed onto the paper or fabric.
A reduction print generally includes several colours. The artist carves away or ‘reduces’ portions of a printing block, printing at intervals, one colour at a time. The artist needs to decide in the beginning how many editions they would like for that particular image. Once the process has begun and the lino is being cut away (reduced) there is no going back.
Ange works with lino. Apart from the odd hand painted lino, she does reduction prints. She will do between 10 to 20 layers often rubbing back her lino before printing. This gives the work a painterly effect. She editions between 5 to 10 making each one slightly unique due to the rubbed back effect.