This is one from an edition of only 10 prints, each one printed by hand.
The image is based on a sketch of the spindle tree in my garden. In late autumn and winter the leaves turn a rich red, providing some much needed colour on a gloomy day.
A collagraph print is a print which is made from a plate which is essentially a collage. I often use mount board to start the plate and proceed to cut away sections and glue additional bits of paper, cloth, and bits and pieces, depending on the texture I want to achieve. When the plate is complete, it is sealed with shellac and left to dry. Ink is applied, using a variety of methods. The inking process is laborious and can take up to an hour for each print. Prints are made onto dampened paper using an etching press.
Printed on Somerset Satin archival paper and presented in acid free mount, ready for framing.