Woodcut wonders from a literature loving artist

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Illustrator and literature-lover Kate Timney has been selected as this year’s Spring Fling artist in residence at the Wigtown Book Festival.

She will hold workshops where the public can create their own original prints – remembering or reinterpreting covers of books that have had an impact on them.

Kate, who runs the Beaumont Printshop in Glasgow, has a particular interest in how reading a particular book at a pivotal moment can have a big effect on people’s lives.

She said: “Literature is a great love of mine and as an illustrator, I often create images in response to writing.

“I was drawn to this residency as it is a perfect opportunity to create work in response not only to literature itself, but also to the relationships that people have with books.

“I’ll be talking to festival-goers about books that have a particular resonance for them and asking how much that relates to the time and place at which they discovered the book. I will invite visitors to make a print of a remembered or reimagined cover for the book they describe.

“As the prints amass over the festival they will form a collaborative and unpredictable work, celebrating and championing much loved books.”

Kate will have her own studio in Wigtown during the festival where she will work on a portable etching press, and visitors are invited to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.

She will also run woodcut and pattern painting workshops and there will be an event where people can meet her and learn more about the project.

Spring Fling, Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event, has an ongoing collaboration with Wigtown Book Festival. This involves having an artist in residence at the festival, and more recently a writer in residence at the open studios event. The artwork that results from the residency will be shown next year at the 15th annual Spring Fling.

Woodcut Wonders: Monday 26, September, 19:00.