Sunday, 27 February 2011

Lino Envy

Richmond Printmakers have an exhibition in the Stables Gallery in Richmond. I am suffering lino envy; awe, inspiration, a kind of wistful nostalgia at the elegant beauty of three (well, one has disappeared by being sold - my favourite - someone had good taste) enormous lino prints by Tessa Charles, which explore the graceful lines of plants and birds. It's something to do with the balance of white spaces and dark spaces, and simple, elegant patterning in keeping with the themes. And the colours - not as simple as black and white, but at the same time discreet, harmonious and unintrusive to the elegance of design.

All very timely, since I'm playing around with jungle-inspired prints at the moment.