This week's Designer Profile features the gorgeous lino prints of Sam Macfarlane of Hand Press Print.
Sam studied art at school, but it was 10 years before she returned to it, taking a Masters in Art History where she studied architecture, furniture and a whole range of fine arts.
This course gave her the confidence to follow her instincts and she went on to train as a jeweller. This led to seven years as a successful jewellery designer-maker, primarily working on a commission basis. During this time she realised that she wanted her making to be more immediate.
Following a course in lino print, she found her ideal way of working. Still very hands on (with sharp and dangerous tools!), it's a process over which she has complete control and where the finished product can be seen straight away.
Hand Press Print started life in 2012.
Sam's inspiration comes from the scenery around her (recent Arthur's Seat and Radical Road prints shown below are examples of this) together with tiny moments which can be captured, photo-like, in one frame.
One such image is Short-Sockless shown above, about which Sam wrote a blog post. This image was initially designed for the 8 x 8 project (details of which you can find here).