The Art and Craft of Lino Cutting and Printing by Claude Flight

Claude Flight British
Publisher B. T. Batsford, Ltd. British
Printer Jarrold & Sons

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Flight wrote two manuals and numerous articles on the linocut technique. Reproduced here on the cover of his 1934 manual, The Art and Craft of Lino Cutting and Printing, is Speed, which became closely associated with him. Its long sinuous lines, simplified shapes, spare decorative elements, and flat planes of color showed that linocut was an ideal technique with which to create dynamic images of contemporary life. Linoleum—machine-made, inexpensive, new to fine art, and readily available—exemplified Flight’s belief in democratizing art production. Although tools were sold for linocutting, amateur artists of all ages could make linocuts in their homes, with materials at hand (such as a knife or an umbrella rib, and a sheet of soft linoleum) and without the expertise and expense of professional printers.

The Art and Craft of Lino Cutting and Printing by Claude Flight, Claude Flight (British, 1881–1955), Illustrated bound book

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