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Softcut prints by Maggie Mcmanus 09 Jan

Maggie tweeted us last week to share a softcut print she had been working on. We love to share your work on our blog, so we asked her a little bit about herself and how she found working with the softcut.

“After leaving Art school I worked for various community art projects in Glasgow, Manchester and Blackpool, providing workshops to groups of all ages in a range of disciplines. I recently took a permanent part time role in a primary school in Moston, North Manchester, where I teach Art throughout the school.

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Going part time has given me the opportunity to spend more time doing my own work and it is fast becoming my main focus in life; I now sell my work at local Manchester markets and on Etsy. I love the freshness and confidence of children’s mark-making and this, alongside illustrations from my own childhood, inspires my work.

I am currently trying out different printmaking techniques and have recently been using Softcut blocks. Softcut works in the same way as lino but it is really easy to use; Fred Aldous recommended it to me a few years ago when I was working on a project with young people. I find that you can keep a fresh illustration style to your work without the labour of cutting and still achieve the lovely clean edges and marks of a lino print.”

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You can follow Maggie on Twitter and buy her work through her Etsy site.

If you would like to try making a Softcut print, head over to our Lino Printing section where you will find everything you need to make a start.

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