Exploring traditional printmaking and pattern design methods is a strong passion of mine. Particularly inspired by the great work of William Morris, I wanted to step away from the computer and design a repeat pattern which was hand-carved and could be hand-printed.
In its planning, the design would work as a one-color pattern as well as having the ability to be expanded and digitally customizable with more complex color ways.
1. I apply india ink to the block to give a contrast when I'm carving. I use carbon paper to transfer my design to the block.
2. The block is inked (I use water-based block printing ink). I registered it by hand, taking care to align the overlapping parts of the design.
3. A close-up of my carved block.