I lose myself entirely when I’m carving a linocut. The only thing in the world that matters is then and there; the angle of my tool, the curve of a line and the depth of a cut. The process of nurturing an idea from paper to lino to ink and back to paper again is one that never fails to captivate me.
I’m Haychley and I’m a traditional linocut printmaker based in Norfolk. My days are often filled with the twitch of a hare’s ear or the silence of a gliding Marsh Harrier and these scenes inspire a lot of my linocuts.
I began teaching myself linocut nearly five years ago and learning more about the medium only increases my fascination of it. My philosophy around printmaking is that as many people as possible should try. A little personal project of mine is interviewing printmakers from around the world to find out about their relationship with printmaking. I hope for my linocuts to bring the outside world into people’s homes.
The Norfolk Broads feature in my most recent linocut, The Broads. It’s a limited edition reduction linocut print that was printed using a wooden spoon and a lot of elbow grease. Part of the design process for my prints is to find aspects I want to capture and then emphasis and expand on them. In this print, the heron with his feet bathing in the little channels that run across The Broads is front and centre. The iconic Norfolk windmill that features alongside the swaying ears of wheat and the flow of the underwater plants serves to capture the intense gusts that blow across the landscape.