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Old Hope

Old Hope is the studio name under which weald-born Darren Pilcher sets about creating a low fidelity ‘alternative Kent vernacular’. Through woodblock print and wax stencil practices,

he hopes to share his wonder at the Wealden landscape – its desiccated waterways, Smallhythe as one of England’s key medieval shipyards, the land-locked islands of Oxney/Wittersham and Ebony and the prospect of their return…

“Full of authenticity, time-worn motifs and as his name suggests, hope. The tactile and graphic aesthetic in his imagery is a testament to both his interest in folk lore and his skill as a printmaker.” John Coe, Pressing Matters magazine.

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