About Debbie Kendall
Printmaker & Hand-Lettering Artist
I'm the printmaker behind The Enlightened Hound. From my attic studio, with views over the treetops, I hand-print original art, inspired by my love of dogs. Producing work that others can connect with is important to me. I use hand-lettered words and illustration to interpret and narrate the unique connection people have with their dogs.
My hand-drawn lettering is deliberately idiosyncratic and wonky and I combine it with illustration and vintage decorative elements typical of 19th century ephemera.
I use relief printmaking techniques, especially linocutting, to create my original dog art. I love the 'physicality' of printmaking - the sticky, messy inks, the sharp gouges for linocutting, the hiss of the brayer as it rolls out the ink, the mechanical clanking of the press and the thrill of pulling the paper from the inked plate to reveal the image.
I am curious about how things are constructed, so the mechanical and technical elements of creating a print appeal to my practical side, but I like nothing better than solving a creative brief, so getting the illustrative and graphic composition of the image right satisfies my artistic side.
For me, hand-made items stand, not only for originality, but also the expertise and crafting traditions that today's makers keep alive - the antithesis to our world of mass production. Despite both being described as "prints", there is a world of difference between original artist's prints and digitally printed Giclee prints.