Self portrait with mask

Linocut with Caligo Safe Wash Ink on 310 gsm South Bank Smooth print paper with deckle edges

Well it had to be done – in this year of Covid! A self portrait wearing a face mask is my entry for this year’s 20:20 print exchange run by Hot Bed Press in Salford. Its the first time I have done a portrait print so a bit of a departure for me from my normal subject matter. Its also the first time I have used a deckled edge to the paper. I am joining 19 fellow printmakers from the artist’s group Cowprint, associated with the workshop Red Hot Press in Southampton taking part.

The mask itself was designed and made by Debbie and Susie at Sea Sky Design shop and gallery in Hamble where I sell some of my prints and cards. Its an origami style design and well suited to the lovely two tone blue Seigaiha fabric pattern which, translated from the Japanese, means blue ocean wave and symbolic of good fortune, power and resilience, and so very appropriate given my love of the sea and Japanese culture, and the purpose of the mask! A fellow printmaker also spotted that it looks like a pattern of monotone rainbows too – symbolic of our fight against Covid and hope for the future.

Edition: 20 (plus 2 Artist’s proofs)

Image size: 170 x 170 mm

Paper size: 200 x 200 mm