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Grace Gillespie’s Vibrant Linocut Prints of Flowers and Foliage Tap Into Her Artworkistic Roots — Colossal

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February 8, 2024

Kate Mothes

All images © Grace Gillespie, shared with permission

Grace GillespieShe grew up in a household that was artistic, but initially she did not pursue visual art, particularly printmaking, as both her parents were excellent at it. “I guess I wanted my own ‘thing,’”She tells Colossal she was a musician for the majority of her 20s. Then, during the pandemic, she found herself furloughed, disillusioned with the music industry, and back at her parents’ home in Devon, England.

During Gillespie’s six-month visit, she had access a large etching presses belonging to her artist mother. Sarah Gillespie. “I decided to try my hand at linocut and was immediately very addicted!”The artist says “I was also just incredibly lucky that (my parents) had a lot of old lino and tools lying around—a bit ancient and rusty, but they did the trick.”

Gillespie was initially drawn to flowers because at the height of the summer, they exploded in her parents’ garden. She found comfort and energy in the colors and textures. “I think that both this newly found love of gardens and plant life, plus the new world of printing, really saved me through some quite tricky times around the pandemic,”She says “I had left music mostly behind, moved house, and realised I had an anxiety disorder all in the space of a few months, and printing really helped to pull me through and keep my brain inspired to create.”

Gillespie was inspired to play with color and complexity by reduction printing, a technique that involves carving away at linoleum, or wood, to create surfaces which can be layered. “I absolutely love the surprise of when you lift the paper and reveal a print… sometimes a surprise mistake!”She says “It’s a funny process and a lot can go wrong…. But it does make it all the more satisfying when you peel back the paper to reveal something really juicy and satisfying.”

See more on Gillespie’s InstagramVisit her online shop to see what she has to offer EtsyPrints can be purchased.


A colorful linocut print of flowers.

A linocut print of green flowers.

A series of linocut prints of chrysanthemum's strung up to dry on a studio wall.

A linocut print of blue flowers.   Linocut prints of a vase with flowers hung up with clothes line clips.

A linocut print of a dahlia.

Two images side-by-side showing the process of making a linocut print. On the left, red ink is rolled over a piece of lino. On the right, prints dry on a rack.

A linocut print of three flowers.



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