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Henri Kuikens Linocuts


HL chatted to Jesse Breytenbach, the designer behind Henri Kuikens, to find out more about her series of linocut prints. Tell us more about the Henri Kuikens brand. All Henri Kuikens products are printed entirely by hand, using carved linoleum blocks. This means that print runs are limited, which allows for meticulous attention to detail and a huge range of colourways and patterns in my textile prints. What inspired your rice paper linocuts? I'd always wanted to design textiles and ceramics, but wasn't sure how to get started. While I was trying to figure this out, I drew still lifes of the kinds of things I'd like to produce. What attracted you to this art medium? The immediacy of it is very satisfying. Block printing requires very little in the way of space or special equipment; and there's a kind of magic in being able to reproduce an image multiple times. One of your ranges features linocuts printed on the paper from your old school dictionary. Awesome idea! Why did you decide to do this? I love the texture and colour (and smell) of old paper. I can't quite bring myself to destroy most books, but an out-of-date dictionary seemed like something I could use. The black ink looks great on the yellowing paper, which will of course change colour further as it ages - and I love the way the words form an association with the images. Where can HL readers purchase your work? From The Fringe Arts in Kloof Street or at the Waterfront, or from any of the online shops I stock, links to which can be found on my website. The Henri Kuikens rice paper linocut prints retail at R150 each and the dictionary paper prints at R65 each. For more information about Henri Kuikens, visit jessebreytenbach.co.za. Interviewed by Lindi Brownell Meiring