Linocut printing, a not-very promising start, but perseverance pays off for podcast guest Gerry ColesJun 09, 2022
Surrounded by sketches, gouges, inks and plates, I sat in Gerry Coles’ conservatory discussing her career, how she found printmaking, and what she plans on doing next.
Lots of children have the chance to try printing techniques during school art classes, but Gerry never did. In recent years, however, she fell in love with the process of making linocut prints, “I love the fact that when I make a print, I can make several, so I have ones that I can sell or give away. It’s just a magical artform and I absolutely love it”.
Having studied and trained in Environmental Health, Gerry went on to start a family, work in her husband’s business, and run their small-holding. Nothing to do with art! As she approached 50, she began to think about starting something that was just for her. Having loved the arts all her life, and with her children less reliant on her as they grew, Gerry’s reignited love for the arts coincided with an exhibition she visited at the Victoria Gallery in Bath. This exhibition, on printmaking, blew her away.
Starting where most people do, Gerry bought a linocut kit online, “So I’ve got this £20 kit from Amazon about the size of a tissue box. I had a go. I was really crap, and I thought ok, ok, this is not for me.”
Luckily, a year later, she got the box out and tried again. This time she copied the design from the kit and followed the instructions, and lo-and-behold, the love for linocut was ignited. There was no stopping Gerry now!
Find out how Gerry's uninspiring first attempt turned into a full-blown passion for printing, why she keeps her work seasonal, exhibiting and her fears at her first ever show, future plans and her favourite podcasts.