Interview with Printmaker Cassie Byington

I’m excited to kick off the New Year with an artist interview with printmaker Cassie Byington! You can check out Cassie’s work on her Etsy shop and follow her on Instagram.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your journey with art? How did you get into printmaking?

I think I have loved art in general for as long as I can remember. In high school, art class was the highlight of my day. But imposter syndrome set in soon after and I didn’t really create art again until after I got my BA in History. 
I minored in Art History which helped reignite my interest in art. I think it was learning about Andy Goldsworthy in my Art 101 class that really helped me re-frame how to think about art. He would create simple yet beautiful things out of nature which would inevitably break down soon after he made it. And I realized that he was doing it for the process, the purity of creation, and that is the motivation I wanted to have.

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Well, I wasn’t sure what medium I wanted to pursue until I saw block printed art in a museum a couple years ago. They also displayed the blocks themselves and I loved seeing all that texture, the process was so evident, I loved it. I thought, I can totally do that! So I bought a small printmaking kit soon after and just kept going.

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Where do you draw your inspiration from?

It’s hard to pinpoint my inspiration because I feel like it comes from so many places. I think I started out making art that I wanted to have in my home but wasn’t finding it elsewhere. I craved simple but effective images in a world that is over-saturated and over-designed. I love mid-century modern/ Scandinavian design for this reason.

Interview with Printmaker Cassie Byington | #printmaking #linocuts #botanicalart #apartmenttherapy

Do you have any fun projects in the works or in the back of your mind for the new year?

I really want to get into fabric printing more, especially kids clothing. Being a toddler mom, I have noticed that simple yet interesting kids clothing is hard to come by. Fabric is more temperamental so it will be interesting! 

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How has selling on Etsy been going since you started your shop?

Selling on Etsy is hard, it takes forever to gain a following, and I don’t feel like I really have one on Etsy yet. The best way to go about it is promote yourself on other platforms such as Instagram, that seems to be working for me! 

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Do you like to listen to music while you create? What are some good listens you’d recommend? 

I loooove Spotify premium and I will try to convert everyone I meet. It really depends on my mood! Sometimes I listen to 80’s hits or sometimes ambient instrumental music. I think every creative should explore the “Focus” category on Spotify, lots of great playlists in there.

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Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

It is my pleasure to introduce Kat Lendacka, a printmaker from the UK. Please make sure to give her Etsy shop a visit!

l me a little bit about yourself and your journey with printmaking?

I am a printmaker and my favourite technique is lino cutting. I live in Northamptonshire, United Kingdom, with my family and a whippet called Spot. After studying Graphic Communications (Illustration) and working in the graphic design industry for some years, I gradually moved away from sitting at the computer all day to using my hands (although a bit of computer work still remains)!

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking
Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

I was born and grew up in Litomerice, a rather picturesque small town approximately 40 miles north of Prague in the Czech Republic. My first ever try at lino cutting was when I was about 13 years old with a retired art teacher and an academic painter, to whom I used to go for art lessons with several other youngsters. I wish I liked the man more! I might have done a lot more lino cutting! Next time I had a go was while a first year student of Graphic Communications (Illustration) degree at Northampton University. This time, I fell in love! Linocut images appeared in many of my student graphic projects as well as in the final major project.

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It still took some years before it became my every day obsession due to a full time job, lack of space and then babies taking over my time and the house! In the last 3 years, lino cutting has taken over the dining room and conservatory which are essentially my make shift studio. It is also where I run very small workshops.

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

Where do you draw inspiration from? Do you use references for your work?

Inspiration for me is everywhere. While walking our dog, exploring the countryside with the children, day trips to old cities (Oxford being my favourite), visiting my old home town Litomerice which is adorned with the most beautiful old houses! Animals in the British countryside and some fabulous gardens (Coton Manor Gardens being my absolutely favourite place on Earth). There are also a few artists that I find mind blowing  – Angie Lewin, Emily Sutton being a couple of them.

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

Your work is so detailed. What does the process look like for one of your multicolored animal prints?

In the last 2 years, I have moved away from only black and white (one layer) images to multi block lionocuts. I prefer this technique to reduction linocuts. Using various materials (Japanese Vinyl, soft lino and old flooring vinyls), I like to cut out shapes and play ‘jigsaw’! Usually, I stick to 2 – 3 colours.

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

How has business been these days? Are you working on any new and exciting projects?

What next? I am happy doing what I am doing, more images as they pop into my head. Grow my Etsy shop. Pluck up courage and try a couple of art fairs! Experiment with some more products. But most importantly, have fun (as my Uni teacher Ian Newsham used to say ‘if you are not enjoying it, you are doing it wrong!’).

Interview with Printmaker Kat Lendacka #linocutartist #etsyartist #uniqueartprints #originalart #printmaking

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