Collagraphs are made by cutting into and sticking textures and shapes onto a piece of mount board. Once the design is complete the board is sealed with varnish then left to dry and harden. This becomes known as ‘a plate’ and is ready to be inked by hand and printed onto dampened paper. Each plate is inked in a different way and on a variety of papers. I may apply tissue paper on top of the ink (chine-colle), add metal leaf or apply water-colour when the image is dry. Each print is therefore unique and I rarely make an edition. It’s an unpredictable process so there is always an element of surprise when removing the print from the press.