I’m Carolyn Murphy, a Manchester-based artist and printmaker, specialising in creating linocuts and other original prints.
What drives me as a printmaker?
In my work I seek to capture a sense of place and often of escape. I’m interested not just in beautiful, wild or wilderness locations, but also in hidden, atmospheric and industrial places.
I like to experiment and am happiest with my work when it captures the essence of a location close to my heart, including Manchester. I enjoy walking in remote hills, on the coastline and in the city. It gives me a chance to reflect and ponder, to re-balance, step off the busy world for a moment and glory in a simpler life.
Why a passion for linocut?
I find the physical process of cutting lino plates really enjoyable and absorbing. I’m excited by the way small choices and decisions I make at every stage have an impact. The process itself can be complex and takes time and care. My work is mainly original linocut prints onto paper, although I am now exploring linocut printing on fabric too, and recently held a workshop on this in the Lake District – see more about this here.
Where I work
Most of the time I work from my home studio in Manchester and print some work at Hot Bed Press, an open access printmaking workshop in Salford, where I’m a member. I use their fantastic old Albion and Columbian presses for my larger work.
I also regularly print at Alan Birch’s print workshop at Prospect Studios in Rossendale, Lancashire and often exhibit with other Prospect Printmakers.
Apart from linocut, I have developed work in a broader range of print media, including drypoint, collagraph, monoprinting, etching and aquatint, as well as screen prints. I also love linocut printmaking onto fabric.
Find out more
- For information on past exhibitions, print fairs and more click here
- Visit my Gallery to see my work
- Check out my new Shop
- Greetings cards of some of my linocuts are now for sale on the ‘Love From The Artist’ website
- See latest News and events coming up
- Find more ‘behind the scenes’ stuff and broader printmaking topics on my Blog
Please don’t hesitate to contact me about my printmaking.