Linocut is a relief printmaking technique similar to woodcut. An image is created by carving into a sheet of linoleum with appropriate linocut tools. The surface of the carved plate is then inked with a brayer and impressed onto paper by hand burnishing or with an etching press. Famed artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse used this process in their own practice.

In this practical full-day workshop participants carve, ink and print their plates by hand and with a printing press, and learn about the tools, inks and papers used in the process. Throughout the workshop Bingham delicately touches on printmaking theory whilst assisting participants with all stages of this beautiful process. To provide individual attention, we can only accept 8 participants. For inspiration purposes we introduce a theme with each concurrent workshop, and as this workshop is closely associated with Alan Jeffrey’s Book Binding we encourage participants to consider linocut book cover designs. You are welcome, however, to create any image that you please. Whilst freehand drawing onto the plates is encouraged, we do supply carbon copy paper for tracing purposes as well.

This workshop is open for all levels and ages 14 years and up. An interesting range of participants attends the Linocut workshop, including artists, photographers, craftsmen and woman, and schoolteachers and pupils. We are noticing a steady influx of designers and creative directors who seek inspiration and wish to reawaken the art of working with one’s hands.

Niall Bingham: Born in Pietermaritzburg in 1981, where he studied Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completing his BAVA (Hons) in 2005. Whilst studying printmaking under Vulindlela Nyoni, he developed a passion for the medium and its processes. He spent his second year of studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan on an exchange program, learning Japanese and training in Sumi-e painting and Ceramics. His interest in printmaking led him to the David Krut Print Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, where he collaborated and printed for top South African artists including William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Paul Stopforth, Willem Boshoff, David Koloane and many others. He joined the W.S.O.A. team at the beginning of 2011 as Printmaking Technician, where he continues to teach, manage printmaking affairs and produce his own work. He is currently completing his MAFA, and is an active member on the Bag Factory selection committee.

Duration: Full Day
Time: 08:30 – 15:30
Class Size: Max 9
Skill Level: All levels