Roker Pier commission

Updated: Jan 17, 2020

In August I was contacted about creating a linocut print of Roker Pier in Sunderland.

Hannah liked the sense of movement and colour of my 'Sea Days' print. The view of Roker Pier and lighthouse is special to her. She send me reference photos but that's not the same as seeing somewhere for yourself.

Roker Pier and Lighthouse protects the entrance to Sunderland's harbour. It was built between 1885 and 1903. In 2012 the pier, tunnel and lighthouse where restored and you can now go on guided tours of the tunnel and lighthouse. Find out more about Roker Pier here.

So the day after the York Printmakers Print Fair I headed up there with my friend Mike, a fantastic photographer. It's was a crisp bright day, perfect for being at the coast. When we arrived the tide was out.

Watching the tide come in we could we watched the waves crash into the curve of the pier. It's then that being there came into it's own. I realised that it was important to capture the moment of the waves breaking against the outside of pier but within the harbour the sea was fairly flat.

I love the strong curve of the pier itself.

Below shows hows I created the print.

Thank you to Mike Pringle for many of the photos.