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Textile designer Molly Mahon explains the joy of potato printing

UK based printmaker Molly Mahon, best known for her beautiful block printed fabrics and wallpapers, has discovered the simple joy of potato printing during lockdown. She discusses it with Rumer Neill in an article published in House and Garden. She also tells about an auction she is running to raise money for Charleston (UK), for which prominent artists are making their very own potato prints.

Perhaps one of the most positive things to come from our nationwide lockdown has been an uptick in people engaging with their creative sides. From the vast amounts of sourdough that have been baked to a renewed interest in arts and crafts, the fact that we’ve all got more time on our hands has indisputably contributed to the UK’s desire to express itself artistically.

And, for those who have discovered Molly Mahon’s potato printing workshops on Instagram, it appears that much of this creativity can be channeled via the humble potato.

Best known for her beautiful block-printed wallpapers and fabrics (and the workshops she runs for people to make their own), Molly is truly an expert when it comes to printing, colour and pattern.

However, potato printing does not require any experience in the industry; in fact this is one of the things Molly is most effusive about when discussing it. ‘All you need is a potato, some paint and a piece of paper – it’s accessible for everyone, regardless of age.’ Simply carve your design into the potato, dip it in paint and away you go. ‘You can even cut a potato in half and just print this shape if you like’ Molly explains, ‘it doesn’t have to be tricky.’

Indeed, at a time when social media seems to be full of people aggressively bettering themselves, potato printing makes a welcome piece of ‘jolly fun with no pressure’, as Molly puts it.

Molly’s potato printing has been so well-received that she is now running an auction – titled #greatpotatoprintingsociety on Instagram – to raise money for Charleston, the historic house which has been struggling financially during the pandemic. Around 20 prominent artists and makers are involved.

Source: House and Garden. Read the full article here

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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