Meet the artist
Three Bears Prints is run by Marliese Richmond. Marliese lives in Perth, Scotland with husband Mike, daughter Estelle and dog Max. Marliese is lucky enough to live in a very beautiful part of the world. She is inspired by the natural world, and loves to explore the countryside to get ideas for new linocuts.
Marliese has been making prints for over 15 years, starting off by making simple Christmas cards for friends each year. Her printmaking really took off when she joined the DCA Print Studio. This is an open studio where artists can go to make use of various presses, and take advantage of the knowledge of the friendly staff.
In November 2010, Marliese took the big step of buying her own press! It’s called a proofing press, which is now over a 100 years old. It was used when the fonts for printed material were all laid out by hand. The ‘compositors’ who did this job needed to check that all the letters were in the right order before lots of printed copies were made.
Since buying her own press, Marliese has been able to experiment with printmaking in her studio at home, and develop her work. Initially she was interested in producing one-colour prints, and focusing on texture, pattern and composition. She has since moved on to creating two and three colour prints, working to create different effects by overlaying different colours of ink.
Marliese loves to apply her linocut designs in different ways. She has created fabric and wallpaper designs with her prints, and has seen her fabric made up into lampshades and wallpapers used to decoupage furniture. Most recently, she has used her printmaking and illustration skills to create seasonal and pop up cards.