Artist Printmaker | Nina Sage
Printmaking gives me a buzz because it gives me the opportunity to combine my creative streak with a love of practical experimentation fostered during my career as a scientist and teacher. I love that moment when you take the first pull off a new plate!
My inspiration comes from a lifelong love of the natural world and my experiences working as an ecologist, in the water industry in particular. It is no surprise that water and the life within it is a recurring theme in my work and many of my prints feature the wild life habitats and species I worked with in the field. I am interested in creating prints rooted in landscapes that are meaningful to me and I'm also very excited by patterns and textures in nature. I like painterly prints and sometimes my work can lean towards the abstract. Reduction linocutting is one of my favourite methods as I like the element of danger!
My print heroes are Norman Ackroyd for his atmospheric effects, Brenda Harthill for her amazing textured collagraphs, Angie Lewin for her skill in cutting lino and layering colour and John Piper for just about everything.