A Bit About Me

Loving Print, Printing Love

Photo of Georgie Moore
Me

Beginnings

From a young age, something was always being made, mended or repurposed in our home. My mum taught me to knit, sew, cook and crochet. During this time, I was obsessed with programmes like ‘Paint Along with Nancy Kominsky’ and ‘Vision On’. Eventually, my mum bought me a beginner oil painting set, which, in truth, I still own. I finally discovered my passion for drawing and painting when I went to Upper School.

Education

I attended Swindon School of Art in England and earned a Higher National Diploma in Illustration in 1992. My passion for Lino printing began. The inspirational work created by The Grosvenor School of printmakers, including Cyril Powers and Sybil Andrews, added fire to this passion. I loved how cutting some grooves into a block transformed into crisp lines or bold shapes on paper. I could forget everything and immerse myself in the whole process. It felt, every time, like a journey of self-discovery. However, like many female artists my age, I put my art box aside to bring up my two children. As adults, they have been encouraging me to continue my art story.

Methods

I use single, reduction or multi-block relief-printing techniques, printing on heavyweight art papers or delicate Japanese hand-made ones. I design every element of my print. Sometimes the idea comes to me in a flash. I can see the completed image in my mind’s eye. From then on, it becomes my goal to translate that onto the block and bring the final print to life. I also love to print on tissue paper. Sometimes I layer these hand-printed papers onto a substrate, creating depth, gorgeous tones and intriguing patterns. These unpredicted changes across the work give them a degree of spontaneity.

Goals

My work portrays positive, uplifting imagery, mostly calling on nature to inspire me. Also as a black English woman of Jamaican parentage, I have felt a strong urge to find and express more of myself through my imagery. To this end, I have started to include Adinkra symbols from Ghana within my prints. They speak of life, love, work, friendships and God. They link me to ancestors unknown and a heritage that I have lost. I want some of my work to reflect what I would have loved to have seen as a black English girl growing up in England. I want to portray images that black girls can relate to, see themselves in and find inspiring.

My ultimate goal is to impart joy and love through my prints.