Animal hijinks and playful puns fill the colourful prints of County Down-based artist Jo, often known as Strangford. Whippets in knits, bagel-scarfing badgers, and roly-poly felines are just some of the characters that emerge from lino-cuts and Risographs. “The primary floor I’m carving into is flooring lino—it is available in larger items than artist lino—and plywood, although I’m a newbie at wooden carving,” she tells Colossal. “I earn a living from home. I’ve mainly taken over the entire home now.”
With a background in ecology, Strangford found printmaking when she joined native Extinction Rebellion teams, decentralized initiatives designed to influence governments to behave on the local weather emergency. “I had beforehand accomplished a little bit of digital work however fell in love with the method of carving and printing,” she says. Through the pandemic, her work took on a extra humorous and light-hearted high quality. “When the world bought extra critical, my work turned extra playful.”
A solo exhibition of Strangford’s work opens tomorrow at The Workshop Ballynahinch and continues for 2 months. A number of prints can be found within the store on her website, and you’ll observe updates on Instagram.
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