image size: 105 mm
card size: 150mm
This reduction linocut was printed in six colours ranging from the warm apricot of Hafren’s dress, now put to use as a sail, to the sombre blue-grey of the choppy river. The working title of the piece was Never Alone Though the Storm is Rising. It refers to the menace of a storm brewing at night on the River Severn, and the fortitude of the young girl sailing her ship with strength and determination, heartened by the birds that accompany her, the apple trees, squash plants and roses on her garden deck, and the generous moon that lights her way.
You can read the whole story of Hafren in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s chronicle: http://www.yorku.ca/inpar/geoffrey_thompson.pdf. In my work I explore the possibility of bringing Hafren back to life.
The image was professionally printed onto Somerset Enhanced 225gm acid free authentic fine art paper from St Cuthbert’s Mill, Somerset, using the highest quality archival pigment inks. This was mounted onto Japanese Hosho paper, which in turn was applied to a 350gm satin card. A thumbnail print was applied to the back of the card with details of printing. Finally the card was signed, dated and titled by the artist.
This card is the perfect size to be mounted into a standard 25 x25cm frame. A perfect small gift which can be displayed for many years without fear of fading.
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