We’re pleased to welcome LonghurstLino who you can meet in person on Sunday 14th April at Worthing Charmandean. Find out more ahead of the day…
Please introduce yourself and your brand….
Hello, my name is Wayne Longhurst and I produce original lino cut prints under the name ‘LonghurstLino’.
I have been lino printing for a few years now, but only during the last two years have I started to take it more seriously and get release my work out there into the wild.
My work is mostly inspired by the sea or the Downs, with both being right on our doorstep, it’s hard not to be inspired by such scenery!
As well as original lino prints, I also produce greeting cards and postcards using the images from the linocut prints.
How would you describe your style and your creations?
This is a difficult one to answer for me. I never really think that I have a style, so I suppose one word that would describe my work is eclectic…? I always like to challenge myself, so each new print always has something different or new about it, whether that be very detailed and intricate, or something bold and colourful.
I also like to get a lot of detail into my work, which a lot of the time results in quite intricate pieces.
I have been described as having the patience of a saint…I’m not so sure about that myself (you should see me when a print doesn’t quite go to plan!), but it’s a lovely compliment.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I always love that moment when I peel back the paper from a new print, to see how it has come together, and if the print ends up being what I had envisioned in my head. That is always a nerve-wracking part, but so rewarding when it goes to plan (let’s not talk about the ones that don’t! You won’t be seeing those anyway!)
What can we expect to find on your stall at The Fairy Tale Fair Easter Special in aid of St Barnabas at Worthing Charmandean on Sunday 14th April? And are you looking forward to taking part?
I shall be having some of my original prints at a discounted price, especially for the fair, as well a large variety of greeting cards.
The greeting cards shall be a mix of laser jet printed as well some which I have hand printed from some of my lino cut plates. So, buying one of these shall give you an original piece at a bargain price!
Also, for the first time, I shall have some mugs for sale! These have been specially printed with an image of one of my tree prints. Perfect for that cup of tea from a flask up on the Downs whilst admiring the trees that inspired the print!
Do you have a best seller?
I am relatively new to art/craft fairs, but whenever I have taken part in art trails or events, my tree prints always seem to go down very well.
Do you have any plans or ambitions for the future?
World domination? Is that a bit too much…okay, sorry, I’ll behave.
I would love to have my work seen by as many people as possible, and for people to also want to buy it as well. Who knows where things shall take me. It’s just lovely to be doing what I love at the moment. Long may it continue. Fingers crossed!
I have plans for new prints to be made in the very near future. You will be able to see process pictures on my website and social media pages. Keep your eyes peeled!
Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
An art teacher had a tendency to say ‘Just leave it!’. What was meant by this was that if a mistake is made during your work, just leave it, carry on, work it in to your piece, and live with it.
It’s taken me a while to get to grips with this concept (I do tend to worry over small details) but the more that I do live by it, the more freedom there is in my work.
What part of Easter do you enjoy the most?
I am going to be incredibly predictable, but it’s got to be the chocolate! Second to Christmas, I feel this is the only day where it is socially acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner (all of which are three courses!!)
Oh, and of course, the time off, seeing family etc…!
How can we find out more about you?