Andy Hibberd

Artist, author, printer

Andy loves what he does with an infectious passion and has been involved in the Festival from the first year. If you’re interested in printing, carving and the heritage of these crafts, speak to Andy and watch him at work while he is at the Festival.

What is it about your making skill that makes you enjoy it so much?

Regardless of the media I am using or the genre I am working in, creativity and the freedom to express myself are what I am all about.

What does it mean to you personally and the way you live your life?

I have never really understood the concept of boredom, everywhere I look I find inspiration whether it be in a gallery or chatting with friends. Whilst you may not be able to switch off your creativity antennae, why would you want to? I have the best job in the world.

What has been your greatest making achievement?

My greatest achievements to date have been to move away from the major influences in my life, people and institutions to find and produce my own style of creative work. At the moment this is in printmaking and I am fortunate to have the support of the John Jarrold Printing Museum and the use of their wonderful ancient presses. In summer 2018 I exhibited in Mandell’s gallery, Norwich as part of their summer show and I had work accepted again to be exhibited in the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair – the largest of its kind in the UK.

What is your favourite piece of equipment and why?

My favourite press is at the John Jarrold Printing Museum, in Norwich. It’s a rare Furnival stop cylinder press circa 1884, that I have affectionately called Marilyn.

What is your favourite making website or blog and why?

While I do not really have any favourites amongst websites and blogs I am very active with Instagram, both posting and establishing contact with other artists and crafts people.

Why do you like being part of the Festival?

I enjoy demonstrating and chatting with the public and The Forum in Norwich is a fantastic building and a wonderful space to work in.

What is your advice to a complete beginner who wants to have a go at your craft?

My only advice to a beginner is, whatever the obstacle if you feel the need to use your own creativity, do it!