I found her on Instagram and really got into her work and process. Her posts quite often are mini videos showing a snapshot of her process often including a reveal of a print she was working on.
During the day it had been snowing and I hoped that it wouldn't settle or freeze on the ground. I'm a bit nervous of driving in either of those conditions. Fortunately, once it was time for me to leave it was fine.
When I arrived I was greeted by Kat and her lovely whippet. I was about 3 minutes late as I couldn't see the door numbers in the dark, I was so pleased when she came out to meet me I felt such a fool wandering about with a torch shining it on the other doors.
Once inside we made at start. I was introduced to the other 3 participants all who lived locally. Then Kat made us all a cup of tea and started to talk about what we could expect from the evening. She shared a little of her background and it was interesting to hear how she had progressed after leaving university. From a student studying graphics, who almost lived in the print studio to leaving university with the realisation that to continue would incur a huge expense for all the printing equipment. It was at this point that she decided that keeping her practice low key she could not only continue to be a Mum at home but also work on her practice using lino-cutting and stamp carving to create affordable prints. I have to say whilst the workshop was running a couple of "kerchings" rang out on her phone from her etsy shop (see below Cat and Owl print for link).
|Cat and Owl £20 by Kat Lendacka (etsy shop)|
However, the result was just fine. Again I tested the stamp. I did this by stamping over the key so it would look trapped in a locked cage.
Before I knew it it was nearly time to go home. And so for the last 20 minutes we printed our stamps onto cards. I played around with the colours to achieve different effects.
What a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening. If you would like to attend one of Kat's workshop her website is www.katlendacka.com
|More images from the evening can be found here|