Inspiration from Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Whilst researching Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh I referred to a book in my collection entitled Rennie Mackintosh Inspirations in Embroidery by Dorothy Wood.  There are some excellent ideas for translating art deco designs into textiles using many techniques.

One multi-layered cut-back reverse appliqué design I liked in particular, based on the style of Margaret MM, so I cut myself a basic lino block to try out.  My printing tutor suggests always printing the first couple in black, or a dark colour, to see the effect of the cutting and if adjustments need to be done.  She also thought it a good idea to have a dark one as a portfolio sample for the future.

Here are my first couple of prints.  Unfortunately as it was the end of term I got no further but I have the block and can use it with layered colours (reduction printing technique) at a later point.

MMM-8Easy to see why trials are necessary because if you look carefully at the righthand image you will see that I missed cutting a couple of the outer pattern lines.  A bit more cutting and another few prints and it was working well.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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