As a designer, I obviously have a passion for all things print. When people ask me what my hobbies are, I say design, typography and print. But when I think about this, when can I honestly say that I have actively got hands on with my â€˜hobbyâ€™ outside of work? Iâ€™ve thought about it and talked about it, so much so that one year for my birthday my husband bought me a linotype kit. But the same old excuses about how I donâ€™t have the time, which in part is true, always crept up and stopped me doing anything about it. But one rainy afternoon last weekend, as my youngest son was having his nap and my husband was entertaining our other son, those excuses ran dry.
The linotype kit has sat on the kitchen side, for about 18 months. My refusal to put it away out of sight meant that my guilt about seeing it every day finally paid off and I got it out.
I think part of my resistance to start dabbling with my own print making was not knowing what I wanted to create, being an amateur and the fear of making mistakes. But within half an hour Iâ€™d printed off sketched and traced onto the lino some lovely type and got out the tools to start carving away.