Happy New Year and plenty of wassailing to you all! This is the year.
Towards the end of 2017 (yes, 2017) I created some reduction linocut prints of some designs which I called Gingerbread Anarchy. I then attempted to sell them at an illustration fair at Christmas time, where they received a few smiles, but I received very little money. This was disappointing, and shook my confidence a little. And so, I shelved my little gremlins, and they’ve been carefully packed away, in a drawer, protected from the light, water, and general amusement of all, for a year. However, as 2018 came to a close my attention was drawn to a relief printing competition in Norway, and I felt a pang of failure again that I had so quickly dismissed my little ginger friends and that I was still feeling ‘scared’ of rejection.
This was on New Year’s Eve, and I was watching a programme about the legendary illustrator Raymond Briggs, who said he felt it was important that illustrators draw on what’s inside them when creating their images – and so few illustrators do that these days. I have not enjoyed shelving part of what is in effect my personality.
I have therefore sent them into the competition, and even if they’re not selected, I have at least tried. My crazy little ‘sick of Christmas and being eaten’ guys are out there, so watch out 2019. Bring it on!
What is a reduction linocut? Check out this page by Illustrator/Printmaker Natalia Moroz
All images on http://www.heatherwhitney.co.uk are copyright Heather Whitney 2019