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Clockwise from top left: 1. Morris printing 2. The Revolution is Fertile by Rosanna Morris 3. Cato Press community workshop. Photographs by Konstantinos Noulis

Morris, now 29, was brought up on a rough Bristol estate by a single mum who would drag her out for long walks in Nature every Sunday. Her mum encouraged her drawing, and after studying illustration at Camberwell College of Arts in London, Morris moved back to Bristol and started a family.

She worked with watercolours for a time before she “fell in love with the strength and confidence of the line in woodcut”. Carving woodcut is like meditation, she says, but also real physical work and incredibly satisfying for the beautiful, bold image at the end. Her intricate black-and-white prints feature traditional themes: farmers planting seeds, milking cows or pulling up lettuces. The tradition is paired with

“Everything I’m doing is about bringing community together”

an unmistakable rough and radical edge. They are intended to be raw, she says, and “speak to that part of ourselves”.

Art and activism go hand in hand in Morris’s prints. Last year she designed a calendar to spread the word about the Landworkers’ Alliance, a grassroots union of farmers and growers with a fresh take on organic

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