Artist’s illustrations of nature are cutting edge
Name: Catherine Player. What do you do?: I’m a student at MMU studying Illustration with Animation. I’m currently in my third year. What is the best thing about Macclesfield?: I love Macclesfield for its cobbled streets, old mills, independent shops and its proximity to the countryside. What is the worst thing about Macclesfield?: The weather. Where is your favourite place in Macclesfield?: Macclesfield Museum in West Park. It hasn’t changed at all during my lifetime. How long have you been an artist?: I’d say as long as I’ve been studying art, from the start of school. But my love of lino print developed when I was doing my art foundation degree at Macclesfield College. I had such a great time there, I was taught by great people and it really made me sure that I wanted to be an illustrator. What do you enjoy most about doing this?: Seeing the end result and cutting the lino ready for print. Who are your main artistic influences?: I love the work of Angie Lewin and Rena Gardiner, Edward Bawden and Eric Ravillious. What’s the funniest or most memorable thing that’s happened while you’ve been doing an artwork?: On one of my first lino prints I forgot that the image I carved onto the lino would be reversed when printed. When I printed the lino, which was of a boat, the name of the boat was backwards. If you could produce an artwork for anyone?: It would be for anyone and everyone. After all, print started off as a mass production technique. What is your biggest inspiration?: I find the colour combinations that nature produces very inspirational. I love to use colours I’ve seen in real life!