insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 32

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT KENT ARTIST PROFILE: SUE SCULLARD SUE SCULLARD IS A WOOD ENGRAVER AND GICLEE EXPERT WHO MANAGES TO COMBINE HER TWO PASSIONS INTO ONE AMAZING ARTISTIC PORTFOLIO. THIS MONTH, WE INTERVIEWED SUE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HER AMAZING WORK. INTERVIEW BY LISAMARIE LAMB If you had to define your art, how would you describe what you do? I am a printmaker and former illustrator, and I make small black and white prints of intricate images by engraving onto endgrain boxwood blocks, using a selection of fine tools to make a variety of marks as they incise the surface. Wood engraving is a form of relief printmaking, much like a fingerprint or stamp, where a thin layer of ink is applied to the raised surface once the engraving has been completed, and transferred to paper under pressure. What is it about wood as a medium that appeals to you? A new block has a beautiful smooth surface which is a pleasure to cut, it feels like slicing 32 into firm butter, and it is possible to work with fine tools in great detail on such a dense and close-grained surface to cut clean lines close together without the wood crumbling or splitting. Working on the endgrain enables the artist to cut in any direction with equal effort. It is easy for a wood engraver to work in a confined space. The engravings may be very slow to complete, but the wood is resilient enough to allow for hundreds of impressions to be possible. high-resolution digital reproduction of an artwork which has been scanned into a computer, and these are usually marketed as limited edition prints as they are often produced in small quantities. I worked for 30 years as an illustrator on giftware and children’s picture books, very decorative colourful work, mainly in ink and watercolour, and the giclee prints give me an outlet to offer some of those illustrations as prints to go on the wall. I do enjoy working in colour, even though my main output is in black and white. As well as wood engraving, you produce giclee – how do the two relate to one another? Who or what are your inspirations when it comes to your art? A wood engraving is a form of original print, inked and printed directly from a surface worked by the artist’s hand, which in my case is the engraved woodblock. A giclee print is a My main inspiration comes from the landscape, both in Kent and further afield. I look for subjects with potential for a dramatic composition, and enjoy rendering the diverse