The other thing is that printing at home without a press is pretty hard work and not something that I particularly relish. It takes quite a bit of physical effort using the back of a spoon or a barren, a handheld disc for taking an impression from a wood or lino cut, to apply the necessary pressure to get a good print. And the process always seems much more hit and miss than when there's a proper press to hand, I lusted after big old conventional ones but really don't have anywhere to put one.
So I was pretty excited when my sister in law, Louise Maclaren. discovered the Slama Handpress. She was so impressed that she became the UK distributor for this device that was invented and engineered in the Czech republic. It takes up very little space and makes the printing process easy as its design means that very little pressure has to be exerted by the user.
I'd been thinking for some time that I needed to stump up the cash for my own but money's been tight. Some to do with house moves and holidays. That'll do it! But at the weekend I was told I'm being given one s a gift - an early Christmas present. I'm delighted and more excited than a big excited thing. I couldn't even wait until it's arrived to post about it. So as a thank you to Louise here's a bit of free advance publicity. After all I think that she deserves a bit of nepotism under the circumstances!