AN­I­MAL MAGIC

A menagerie of crea­tures in­spired these in­tri­cate linocuts

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work­ing from draw­ings, the print­maker Vanessa Lubach carves each layer of her de­signs out of lino. ‘The process is la­bo­ri­ous but ut­terly en­gag­ing, and peel­ing up the fin­ished print from the block is ex­hil­a­rat­ing,’ she says. The artist has been mak­ing multi-lay­ered linocuts for 25 years in her lit­tle gar­den stu­dio in Nor­wich, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the sur­round­ing coun­try­side and the home that she shares with her hus­band, three chil­dren and four cats, Tabitha, Minim, He­len and Hec­tor. She paints por­traits too, and her pic­ture of her daugh­ter Rosie with Pump­kin the fam­ily chicken was nom­i­nated for the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery’s BP Por­trait Award in 2012. teresa fitzher­bert www.vanes­salubach.co.uk

clock­wise from bot­tom left: a se­lec­tion of vanessa lubach’s linocuts

left: lubach’s stu­dio

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