At 1519 feet above sea level, on the southern slope of the highest ground on Axe Edge Moor, lies Flash, the highest village in Great Britain. In days gone by it had a reputation for counterfeiting, dubbed 'Flash money' and illegal Prize Fighting was held about the nearby Three Shires Head. It was also an early centre of Wesleyanism. In the churchyard repose former farm labourers, silk workers, colliers, stonemasons, dressmakers, blacksmiths, cordwainers, shoemakers, wheelwrights, peddlars and tailors.
In these days of intensive agriculture, the churchyards of Great Britain provide sanctuary for hard-pressed wildlife. Birds, native plants, insects and lichens flourish within. Each churchyard is unique and a visit provides a time to rest, reflect and enjoy.
This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The variation does not practically allow a second edition, so the total number of prints in this case is closed at six and the plate discarded.
The print comprises oil-based black ink on high quality acid free paper and should present no difficulty from fading. The image measures 8x10 inches, centred onto a 10x12 inch sheet.
black oil-based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm