"Little Handmade Works of Art"
Hi, I'm Alex, the artist and printmaker behind MegaLilyDesign. Welcome to my little world of Linocut Printmaking.
I work solo from my tiny studio in East Sussex. Inspired mainly by the natural world and the mystery of us humans that live in it! I produce original Linocut Prints, all hand pulled without a press. Most of my prints are created with single block and colour, using the carving itself to express the image.
I also create some prints using the reduction method of printmaking. These prints are multilayered but still created from a single block, the block is destroyed in the process so these prints are very small editions and can never be recreated.
Linocut Printing now forms the basis of my practice, however, I do paint a small number of watercolour and acrylic paintings.
Thanks for visiting my website!
Linocut printing is a process that you may be familiar with - lots of people will have tried it at school.
Like any process it evolves over time and with practice can be used to create a wide range of images from the simplistic single colour prints to complex reduction prints, and everything between.
Each print begins with a drawing and sometimes a painting to plan colours, the image is then transferred to the Lino in reverse. At that point carving can begin using a range of U and V shaped tools. To create the print, ink is rolled onto the surface of the Lino block and the paper laid face down on top. The back of the paper is then either hand burnished or run through a press to lift the print.
Below are some of my linocut prints in a Gallery (you can click any print to go direct to it in my Folksy online shop).
To visit my Folksy online shop as a whole click the Folksy Button at the top of this page, or scroll down further to the Folksy section.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a mostly self taught artist and printmaker from East Sussex. I have always enjoyed the creative arts and over the last few years have honed my skills with a mixture of formal and informal training in fine art painting and relief printmaking.
I most love trying to hone my skills and explore new ways of working with tools and techniques to create my own style of work. I am now a full time printmaker and artist after 20 years of nursing, I'm looking forward to expanding my printmaking and painting even further.
Available work can be seen and purchased online through Folksy.com via button at top of page or direct to a specific print from the Folksy display below.
Of course you can shop in person at my little "Shop in a Shed" at the very sweet Cobblestone Walk in Steyning. I work from the shop on Tuesday, Friday & Saturday 11-4. Please feel free to contact me below to check openings, particularly if you are travelling a distance!
A SELECTION OF MY PRINTS ON FOLKSY.COM
CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO GO DIRECTLY TO IT IN MY FOLKSY SHOP
Folksy is lovely online platform who aim to be Britain's biggest online craft fair. I am delighted to use Folksy for my online shop and also regularly buy gifts and treats from other artists and makers on the site.
I am looking forward to taking part in The 2022 Steyning Art Trail at the end of May & beginning of June.
My little shop at Cobblestone Walk is a venue on the trail and this is my first Art Trail since joining Steyning Arts in January 2022.
Hope to see you there!
I was delighted to take part in the 16th Group show at Conclave Gallery in Brighton. Five of my original limited edition linocut prints were featured - "Delicate World" "Honesty & Singing Bowl" "Dandelion Clocks" "High Street Still Life" and "Scared or Bored".
Although that group show is now ended, my prints can still be purchased from Conclave - particularly helpful if you prefer to buy a print framed.
SUITE 16 GROUP SHOW
28th Jan 2022 - 24th April 2022
9 Queens Road BN1 3WA
I'm delighted that MegaLilyDesign was selected as one of the top 100 small businesses in 2022 by Biz Bubble. Its such a lovely hub for small business and you can find so many brilliant gifts there....
So pleased to have raised £90 for Mind UK through The Great Charity Pot and Print Fair in March 2022, and sales of my "Falling" limited edition print.
"Delicate World" - my original limited edition linocut print was shortlisted this year for the Royal Academy Summer (Winter) Exhibition. Unfortunately not selected for the final exhibition but so delighted to have made it to the shortlist from 18,000 entries. This hand pulled print is created using oil based ink on 70gsm Japanese Awagami paper.
Little did I know how 2020 would evolve as I carved this block in early January. Seems all the more poignant now, as I am reminded how delicate our world really is.
"Falling" is a limited edition linocut print created in response to a challenging year and represents the start of a personal journey.
Hand burnished onto beautiful Japanese Washi paper.
I am delighted that this print was featured in the AIMPE 2021 print exhibition at Awagami Factory in Japan, and received an honourable mention.
For each print sold, £5 is donated to MIND, the mental health charity.
"High Street Still Life 2" is an original still life painting which was exhibited in the Association of Sussex Artists 2019 Summer Exhibition. It is now in private ownership.
A little video of "Wren" being printed. See this and other prints being made on my Instagram Reels.
REVIEWS FOR MEGALILYDESIGN
I am so delighted when I receive feedback for my prints and paintings. A big thank you to everyone who has posted a review on Folksy or contacted me directly - it means so much.