Artist profile


Susan Noble was born and grew up in the NE of England. After studying Archaeology, Information Technology and French, Susan spent nearly 20 years in digital communications/education and international data and lived for 10 years in Manchester. Now married with two children and a clingy spaniel, Susan has returned to her home town, Saltburn and first love - art, specifically printmaking.


Drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape, buildings and the odd object, her work is based on her own  sketches and photos. She uses a Blue Boy relief printing press, a victorian book/nipping press or a Hawthorn Etching Press to create her limited edition and open edition prints.


Susan in her studio Susan in her studio


Open Editions vs. Limited Editions


An edition is a number of identical prints that are produced from the master linocut block or blocks. There are two main types of editions:

  • In an Open Edition the printmaking process is unlimited, so there can be as many impressions of the master linocut block(s) as desired. As there is no limit to the number of prints that can be produced from an individual block, these prints tend to be sold at a lower and therefore more affordable price than limited editions.
  • In a Limited Editions there are a fixed number of prints, which will not be changed in the future. Generally, the lower the number of prints in an edition, the larger the artistic value and therefore higher the cost. Limited edition prints are numbered -  for example as '14/30', to identify the 14th impression from an edition of 30 prints.  The edition number does not include artist proofs, but only the total edition size.
  • Other types of editions include - Artists Proofs (test prints) and Variable Editions (still limited but a VE print may include hand colouring, different paper, chine collé  - so each print within the ‘edition’ is different to the other. A VE print will use a numbering system - 1/X VE where X is the total number of prints in the edition).
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