Kathy Hutton is a printmaker inspired by nature and ceramics.

Quercus is delighted to be exhibiting a selection of Kathy’s original prints that are inspired by quick sketches of leaves and twigs, which form part of her recent 100 day drawing project. These bold silhouettes of colour can be hung as part of a group or displayed as a single striking print.

Each image is hand carved and hand printed using water washable inks onto a handmade fine 50gsm Japanese Washi paper, made by the Agawami Factory in Japan.

As a result of each print being hand inked and hand printed the colours may vary slightly, making each print unique.

Kathy was born in Wallasey, Wirral. She graduated in 1995 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, Scotland with a degree in printed textiles, supported by printmaking.  Here she established a great grounding in silkscreen printing and developed a passion for all methods of hand printing.  In the same year Kathy exhibited at the prestigious New Designers’ Habitat Award Winner’s show at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.

Following a career in design, product development and buying for companies including Habitat, The Conran Group, Designer’s Guild, Waterstones and The National Trust and after the birth of her first child, Kathy set up a small printmaking studio in Wiltshire.

Kathy continues to develop her distinctive style of still life and botanical compositions with simple, freehand line work in the form of monoprint.  These are then worked with blocks of hand-pulled screen printed colour.

My work has always had a strong outline to it and over the years I’ve developed a style and a process that fits my natural ‘handwriting’.
Hand-cut or torn, screen printed stencils create strong and bold silhouettes, which take on their own character when mixed with the spontaneous but beautiful nature of monoprinting.

Read more about Kathy’s work in this ‘Meet the Maker’ article on Handprinted.co.uk