Roker Pier commission

Updated: Jan 17


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.



Of course there had to be fish and chips in the sunshine!


Planning the design

Before I draw a design I spend time editing my photographs, to find one where the composition is balanced and captures the essence of the place.

I took many photographs but the one that was just right was taken by Mike. So thank you Mike!

I spent along time sketching the waves, to get the sense of movement as they broke against the pier just right.

I used a close up photo I'd taken of the lighthouse to ensure I got the essential details right.




Cutting the design

The print was quite a challenge to cut.

The pier need to be cut in one continuous line. If I stoped half way along it would show. I do love the cut away curls of lino.

The lighthouse is very small, so very small details to cut.




Below is a timelapse video of me cutting the lino block.


Printing the design

Inking up the lino block. I use Hawthorns oil based inks and mixed my own tone of blue. I do love the iridescent quality you get with transparent oil-based inks.





The finished linocut print



Please get in touch if you would like a original 'Roker Pier' linocut print.

Framed prints are available to order and pick up from my studio in York.

Mounted prints are available from my online shop.

'Roker Pier' linocut print

Limited edition unframed linocut print.

Edition of 60

This is an original linocut print (not a digitally reproduced print).

Image size 125 x 125mm Mount aperture 143 x 143 mm

Mount outer 205 x 205mm

Hand carved lino block, then hand printed using oil based inks on acid free paper.

All prints come unframed in an acid free mount, wrapped in cellophane. Each print is individually hand signed and numbered.

Linocut printing is a handmade process and variation in colour and detail will occur. This adds to their individuality by making each print unique.

This print will fit into an IKEA Ribba 23cm square frame.

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