Artist of the Month December 2017: Rachael Hibbs
I'd like to introduce Rachael Hibbs, an Arist working out of Oxfordshire, UK! She has a passion for flora and fauna, and that definitely comes across in her work. I got the chance to interview her this month, and she is our featured Artist of the Month for December.
Rachael, can you tell me a bit about yourself and your work?
My name is Rachael Hibbs and I started RLH Prints as a way to showcase my artwork which soon turned into a small freelance business. I have been printmaking for about 4 years and for me I find the repetitiveness of it almost therapeutic. My inspiration comes from nature and I have always been fascinated with flora and fauna. My ideal day would consist of strolling around the conservatories in Kew gardens studying all the different species of plants. Before I decide on an idea for a Lino block I will often research into old botanical illustrations for inspiration.
That sounds amazing. so what is your preferred medium and subject matter?
My preffered medium is lino printing. I use soft cut lino and akuainks as I feel I get the best quality print. The subject matter within my artwork always seem to draw me towards plants and insects. I didn't mean for it to be that way, I just find them really fascinating.
How did you get started with Printmaking?
I first was introduced to Lino printing when I attended my aunts printmaking class in London. We played around with Lino, silkscreen and dry point etching. It really gave me the opportunity to experiment and develop my own style.
What is the thing that you love most about Printmaking?
The thing I love most about printmaking is that even though it is a repeated image no two prints are exactly alike. You can so easily experiment with different colours, inks and textures by using the same image. Carving out the lino gives me great satisfaction and I also love the sense of excitement I still get every time I pull a new print from a block.
What is the thing that you struggle with most in your Printmaking?
The thing I struggle most with most with my artwork is knowing when to stop. I am a big perfectionist, and sometimes its knowing when to step away from your work and review it another time. I also struggle with the physical aspect of printing. As I don't own a printing press, I print everything by hand with a wooden spoon to burnish the paper (which you will often see featured in my Instagram feed). This method can be tiresome, however I love the handmade finish and the effort is definitely worth it.
Is printmaking/art what you do full-time?
As much as I would love to be a printmaker full time, I actually am currently studying at university to become an art teacher. Printmaking is something I am really passionate about and I am currently introducing my students to the basics of printmaking. They are really enjoying it and its great for me to have access to a print workshop with a proper printing press! I feel really lucky that I can combine my love for printmaking into my job as I know a lot of other people don't have that luxury.
You've shared some pieces with our readers today. Can you tell us a bit about the featured pieces?
The specimen jar prints are personal favourites of mine. I love the concept that you can trap tiny ecosystems inside terrariums and they can sustain themselves.
The sleepy succulent series was inspired by the hundreds of potted plants in my house. You can never have too many plants!
Where can people find you online?
A big thank you again to Rachael Hibbs for interviewing with us! I'm excited to see work depicting nature. It's amazing!
Thank you, our readers, for taking time out of your day and sharing in Rachael's art and perspective! Please leave a comment with your thoughts and get a discussion going! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring some minds together!
If you're interested in being a featured artist, contact me at JustPrintmaking@gmail.com
I feature a new artist every month through an interview process similar to this.