Mark Hearld works across a wide range of mediums, producing paintings, collages, book illustrations, ceramics and linocut and lithographic prints as well as textile designs. Artists known for their commercial design as much as their fine art practice – such as Edward Bawden, Enid Marx and Eric Ravilious – provide a constant source of inspiration.
For Sessions & Co. he has created two remarkable designs which reference the British countryside in both pictorial and abstract form. Bird Tree is his largest linocut to date, printed by a steamroller due to its scale. This vast and intricate work has been hand-screen printed onto linen by our London printers to create a square quilt and wallhanging and we have used details from the same work to make a series of cushions. Bosco is his textile design which was created to compliment Bird Tree (and which we have also used for the cushions). He used the same tools and processes to create similar forms and mark-making across both designs (wide lino-cutting blades, and even a manual drill to carve wide sweeping gestures, and irregular spots).