Thursday, 1 November 2012


Cnut- on the cover of Thom Yorke's solo album
A linocut is a printmaking variant of wood cut, in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. Design is cut into the linoleum- a mirror image of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller, called also brayer, and then impressed on the surface.
( The linoleum becomes famous with the groupe Die Brùcke between 1905-1913 and was used for the presentation wallpapers af the avantguard)
Here are some of the most famous linocuts by Stanley Donwood:
printing press
@ st bride's

Fleet Street

<<On printing the linocut, Donwood says: "Due to the large size of this linocut we had to think laterally when it came to working out how to print it. The picture was made up of two sections of linoleum, each cut separately and designed to fit on the platen of the Hopkinson & Cope press. The process we developed involved wrapping sections of the oily press with paper, rolling half of the large sheets of paper within a protective sheet and then printing the unrolled half. When the edition was done, we then repeated this process with the other section of lino. Registration of the two halves of the print was achieved with the archaic technique of making pinholes in the sheets during the first printing then lining up the pinholes for the second. This process means that each print, though part of an edition, is unique.">>

this detail of Fleet Street Apocalypse is used for Stanley Donwood's story book Household Worms out from March 2012
Lost Angeles
Hollywood Doom

Lost Angeles series
the treasure island new edition, cover by Stanley Donwood