Prints by the Bay is the printmaking practice of Nicole Purdie, an illustrator and printmaker from Dorset. She started experimenting with the linocut technique back in 2019, and quickly fell in love with the process. “Linocut is a very handmade and traditional method; unlike modern digital illustration styles, one can really feel the connection between artist and image by seeing and responding to the mark making and imagery. As an illustrative medium it perfectly suits strong visual narratives and storytelling, which are key to driving my work in print.”
Nicole’s work examines connections between people and place; often dealing with the female experience, her prints explore women’s place in society both historically and presently. Much of her work addresses ideas of nature, climate, and the human connection we have to our environment. By using a strong narrative and unique visual language in her designs, Nicole is able to present ideas in a clear and engaging way for her audience. The printmaker creates all her print work in her home studio in Bridport, Dorset, printing with a Gunning etching press.