For the two days of the Black Pig Printmaking workshop, we will be making a black and white linocut. The principle of all relief printing is the same: the removal of material from the matrix produces the white tones of the image. It's one thing to study a print for its meaning and context but something else altogether to actually make a print. Some sort of magical intervention seems to happen between the carving of the block and the end result. The wonder of this process, the mediated image, never leaves those who have been making relief prints for most of their lives: it's exhilarating and can be highly addictive.
Black Pig Printmaking Studio is a purpose-built space dedicated to all relief and intaglio techniques including, unusually, wood engraving. It was finished in summer 2015 and has been busy from the start. In 2017 Chris Pig was invited by Bethan Stevens of Sussex University to contribute to the Dalziel Project as a prominent wood engraver. The Dalziel project focusses on the prodigious output of the Victorian engraving company headed by the Dalziel brothers; over the fifty plus years they were in business they produced over 54,000 engravings. As a result of this Pig realised a long-held ambition to bring academics and printmaking practitioners together under the working title "Theory and Practice". It has been a success, informing artist-printmakers of their history and heritage and giving academics a better understanding of the making process. The workshop will be led by Chris Pig and Amy Jeffs.