After working as an airline welder in the First World War, Sybil Andrews made a strong contribution to the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in the 1920s. In 1926 Claude Flight began teaching a weekly linocut class and introduced Andrews to the relief printing process that utilised linoleum as the matrix. The inexpensive materials allowed Andrews to experiment with a range of innovative techniques. Linocut printing also did not require a press. Instead, a sequence of inked blocks could be registered on Japanese paper and applying pressure upon the blocks transferred an image. Unique coloured effects were manipulated by increasing pressure.


By exhibiting with other young artists who emerged from the Grosvenor School, such as Cyril Power and Lill Tschudi, Andrews introduced modern art and design to a larger public audience. The group quickly became recognised for their images of modern life that echoed the geometric abstraction of Futurism. As one of the prominent printmakers of the 1920s and 1930s, Andrews produce imagery that captured the progressive energy of the time while remaining fascinated by the human figure engaged in acts of labour or physical activity.