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Elder Print

Elder Print

Cally Conway
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by Cally Conway.

Original one colour linocut print printed on Fabriano Rosaspina 280gsm paper in oil based ink.

Elder is viewed in folklore as being a protective tree. It was auspicious if it was growing near one's dwelling, especially if it had seeded itself there.The scent of the white elder flowers was said to poison anyone foolish enough to fall asleep beneath the tree. Sitting under, or more riskily sleeping under, an elder at midsummer was said to enable one to see the faeries, or even see them going to their midsummer feast. In Ireland, witches were thought to use elder boughs as magic horses. The frothy blossom is gathered in June to make delicious elderflower cordial.

Image size: 12 x 16 cm.
Paper size: 15 x 18.5 cm.
Open edition, signed.

A lover of the natural world, Cally's prints are inspired by nature and folklore. She is based in London, but is constantly drawn to the beauty of nature and its place within the world. She began producing etchings and collagraphs at art college, and came to linocut printmaking much later. She really fell in love with the process of linocut; something about the carved line as a way to translate her sketches, and to explore pattern and texture.