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Linocut illustrations for The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability

Incredibly proud to reveal the linocut commission I was working on earlier this year. It's a linocut illustration for BASF’s The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability.

The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability celebrates the work that farmers do to reach their sustainability targets and recognise how growers will improve sustainability in the next twenty years.

The illustration is composed of 16 individual linocut prints. Each quadrant of the plate depicts a season in the farming year and the natural cycle of farming; cultivation, planting, protection and harvesting.

The linocut illustration has been used across a range of media, including The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability plate. See the animated illustration on the Farmers Weekly website. For more information and to enter, visit The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability.

Commissioned by and graphic design by The Chase Creative Consultants.


"Our brief to Michelle was to illustrate the cycle of farming, paying particular attention to the balance of a productive arable farm with sustainable wildlife management.

It was clear from our first meeting with Michelle that she was the ideal fit for this project. Not only from a stylistic point of view, but also how she pushed the brief.

Michelle was simply fantastic to work with – she kept us informed along every step of the way. Her suggestions and expertise made the final outcome, a commemorative award, a project that we are truly proud of and something that will be cherished by the future winner."


About the author

Michelle Hughes is a North Yorkshire landscape artist. Much of her work depicts the Yorkshire landscape and Yorkshire coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.

Michelle loves exploring the British countryside by bike or on foot, camera in hand, capturing ideas for her next linocut prints. Back in her garden studio, Michelle creates simple but stylised silhouettes based on her photographs, and hand carves these shapes into lino. She hand prints with an etching press, using oil-based inks to create tonal blocks of colour.

Michelle’s original linocut prints are limited editions.

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