Moira Morriss Stonecarver
First and last
Prints and cards
I have been carving stone for 30+ years, firstly as an architectural carver and latterly as a memorial mason......however I have been fortunate in the last few years to be able to focus more on my carvings in the workshop for private clients.
As a memorial letter cutter, I have also begun to develop a range of lino cut prints and cards that reflect my love of lettering and design.
I hope through this new workshop based practice to begin to explore more gallery and show opportunities
The inspiration for the carvings tend to come from the material itself. Although I begin by sketching the idea on paper, once transferred to the stone, the carving tends to develop as I begin working. This keeps the sculpture constantly evolving and changing.
I love the work of carvers such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Frank Dobson and Eric Gill, but also find inspiration in the architectural stone details of everyday buildings in towns and cities.
My favourite medium is stone. My inspiration begins through drawing the initial idea, and then the sculpture evolves as the carving begins. I am a great believer in "truth to material" and so work freely in the stone to create the form as the sculpture takes shape. I use a variety of different stones, each with their own individual properties which I feel lends itself to the shape and feel of the work
Recently I have been creating hand cut lettered plaques of a smaller size and also Lino cut prints in order to create a range of products of varying prices. I am enjoying the speed of the process for the lino printing, whilst still using a carving technique to produce the print.