Andrea Lauren discovered a passion for printmaking while doing something completely different. Born in England and based in the US, she took to printmaking while working on her Master’s degree in music at Columbia University in New York.
Fast forward to some years later, and she’s now working as a printmaker and surface pattern designer full time. The process of printmaking is fairly straight forward: first, the designs are drawn by hand and transferred to a rubber or linoleum block. The design is carved into the block and the block is inked and printed by hand. Then it is scanned and edited on a computer in her home studio.
But when it comes to the ideas behind the designs, Lauren lets her imagination run free. “I do keep a number of different sketchbooks but they are often very rough ideas for the finished pieces,” she told the Fishink blog. “Sometimes they are ideas or themes. Sometimes sketches giving a general guide for composition.”
According to her, imagining an idea as a relief print has now become fairly fluent for her. And as for inspiration – she finds it in the world around her, but especially in nature. “Being connected [with nature] is an overarching motivation for me as a person as well as in my work,” she says. “It is easy to see how disconnected one can become with the technology available, but without respecting and acknowledging the incredible natural world it would be a much less rewarding life to live.”
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