What is a linocut? A linocut is a type of relief print. It is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for a relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a printer. Linocuts were originally made popular by Picasso, while before that they were simply regarded as a student’s medium to practice for woodcuts.
Alison Deegan from UK is a printmaker and have been creating lino prints since 2008. She creates small editions some in monochrome and others with three or more colours using a combination of reduction and multi-block techniques. Alison likes exploring and experimenting on different papers with oil-based inks and use her bookbinder’s nipping press as a printing press.