by Hugh Ribbans and Hell-Box Letter Foundry
‘Year of the Tiger’ calendars trimmed, folded and drilled ready to hang. Linocut by Hugh Ribbans and printed by Hell-Box Letter Foundry on antique machinery.
Hugh Ribbans, trained at Canterbury College of Art as a graphic artist and now runs a graphic design business. Relief printmaking was the practical subject on the National Diploma course and in 1989 he purchased a restored Columbian press, circa 1830.
He spends as much time as his graphic work allows producing woodcuts and linocuts, mixing heavily grained wood – often driftwood – and lino in his prints. Subject matter is derived from images of animals and birds often with a stylised treatment much influenced by ethnic art and his graphic background. Some are multi-colour block prints with each colour registered to print with the next block, others are hand coloured using acrylic and watercolour inks.