We're about to enter a fabulous season where the colours around change to the reds, yellows and browns of autumn. Last autumn I walked down a road I don't usually go down and came across amazing fan shaped, yellow leaves. I collected lots and in my ignorance had no idea they were Gingko Bilboa leaves. The Gingko tree is thought to be one of the oldest living trees, dating back more than 200 million years. Since then I've become a little obessesed with them! The shape and structure of the leaf is just beautiful, particularly in autum when the yellow really shows the ridges.
Like many of my designs which start with a linocut, I made a couple of linocuts of Gingko leaves. I scanned the linoprints into the computer and made a digital pattern to be printed onto fabric. This was done in three coloursways - my favourite is the aquamarine and green. I also screenprinted fabric and for the first time used a home screenprinting rig and light that I was given for Christmas last year - it's take a while to get around to using it. The first try wasn't very successful for fabric printing, although it made nice card, but the second attempt was just right. So now I can stamp and screenprint lots of items with Ginkgo leaves! .