Caroline Dowsett is one of the 11 local artists we asked to design a cover for our very own Sketchpad range, which was printed on our Risograph. Working mainly in gouache and inks, she is inspired by the simple pleasures in life, comics and mid century children’s books.
We caught up with Caroline to find out a bit more about her.
Tell us a bit about the idea behind your sketchbook cover?
It’s quite simply a celebration of all the tools and practices you can use in a sketchbook. I wanted to make sure it had an open design, to appeal to all kinds of artists.
Have you used a Risograph printer before?
I was introduced to Risograph when I studied at MMU, they got a machine a few years ago. It was new to us all so we had a lot of space to experiment which was great. I now get a lot of my art prints printed using Risograph (from Mono at Islington Mill) as I love all the different textures it creates, the bold colours and you don’t know quite what the final prints will look like which is always fun.
Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to print on a Riso?
I’d go visit a printer that provides Risograph and see how the whole process works, it’s pretty magical!
What are your specialisms?
Hand drawn illustration and painting. I enjoy exploring different materials and print methods.
How would you describe your work?
Playful and colourful.
What inspires you?
The outdoors, mid century Children’s books, graphic novels, people and good grub.
What materials do you use?
I work mainly in ink, gouache on Bristol board, along with the thinnest brushes I can get my hands on, then with a little help from the computer. I have recently been working with my designs printed on textiles to create purses and cushions, and also air dry clay to create my ‘wear your greens’ brooches.
Who is your favourite artist or maker?
I have so many favourites! If I’m going to narrow it down, it is a mixture of Stevie Gee, Ping Zhu, Rosie moss, Llew Mejia, Jes Liberty and Kristyna Baczynski.
What tip would you give to people about one of our products?
If you are going to be venturing into Lino printing, I would highly recommend the Softcut lino. Its great for getting fine detail in and prints wonderfully.
Where can people see your work? Do you have a website?
Alex.T.Frazer & myself have an exhibition on at Common in the Kestrel Suite, called ‘Sailing through the trees’ where we have Risograph posters on show, along side original paintings and lino printing. On show now until mid September.
Buy Caroline’s limited edition Sketchpad here.
See the full range of Fred Aldous Sketchpads here.