Printmaker and surface pattern designer, Andrea Lauren, is known for her hand-carved linocut prints. Born in England and currently based in the US, Lauren discovered her love of printmaking at Columbia University in New York while working on her Master’s degree in music.
“Thinking back about it, I remember just wading into carving and printmaking without too much struggle,” she admitted in an interview with the Fishink blog, “it just sort of happened in a natural creative evolution of my work.” Each of her original designs is drawn by hand and then transferred to a rubber or linoleum block. The design is carved into the block and the block is inked and printed by hand. It is then scanned and edited on a computer in her home studio.
“There is an intoxicating smell of ink, the care and attention of inking the plate, placing the paper down in just the right placement, and the excitement of pulling the first good print off the block that keeps me coming back again and again,” relayed Lauren. “During some of my studies at Columbia University, I could always be found in the basement printmaking studio pulling prints from their Charles Brand presses.”
According to her website, her work is inspired by her love of nature and walks in the woods, as well as storybooks, folk tales, and childhood memories. When she isn’t printmaking in her studio, Lauren spends time with her husband and son, as well as their two cats. Below you’ll find a collection of her prints: