“The Ferns of Great Britain & Ireland ”
Capturing the exact details of a plant or insect by printing directly from the natural object has been the goal of printers for hundreds of years.Eighteenth century attempts failed due to the fragility of the dried plants and the processes of the day. In the Nineteenth century printers realized they could first impress the object into another, harder material and print from that. Wood softened by steam and various types of metal were used to make a mould of the plants, coloured inks were then applied and the image was transferred to paper.
Conservation Limited Edition Giclee /
Size of image 38.5 x 54.5 cm
Posted by Hamza on 12th Oct 2012
I really do like the fern pattern on the pieces you showed here. I also have one quick fern-related memory... this one place that was called 'Fern Valley' I believe, and it was rows and rows of stone steps ,like a Greek monument - and the entire place was crawling with ferns poking out everywhere. It was magical. Anyway, who the hell knew I'd have so much to say about ferns at 2 a.m.?! You've triggered memories in me. Good ones, though :)