This is ready to hang linocut framed in a beautifully suitable rustic look dark wood frame with a cream coloured mount.
This is a linocut made for the launch of the Great British Bee Count, in partnership with the Friends of the Earth.
This cause is very close to my heart and I have been involved with local charities to promote an awareness and understanding of the significance of Bees in our lives.
I wanted to create a design that demonstrated, first, the huge diversity of bees in Britain, something which many are not aware of, and second, the role of these humble creatures in building Britain.
In this original design, I used the map of Great Britain as the base layer overlapping it with the hexagonal bee hive structure to give this distinctive image. I have incorporated several flowers and plants that bees thrive on in different seasons around the year, such as Rose, Daffodils, Ivy, Thistle and Foxgloves, while loosely anchoring them in their usual geographical locations and habitats around the country. I have also used four different kinds of bees here in my design to demonstrate the diversity of bees. There are several hundreds bee species with many different kinds of bumble bees, and only one of honey bee, and wing and band patterns differ.
I have used subtle colours such as light moss green and pale lavender for the base layers (also with reference to Britain being the 'Green and Pleasant land'), and golden and black in bees making them the star of the show, as they deserve to be!
The title of this print is taken from the Poem 'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester' and makes reference to the depletion of bees, and running out of honey, and life as we know it! Tea in the title of course refers to our favourite pastime, and thereby indicating that bees are really critical to running and survival of our island nation.
This is a very small edition size of 4. The sizes are approximate due to the nature of the design. All prints were cut and hand burnished in my studio at home and are completely handmade. I use oil-based inks with smooth 145 gsm Zerkall paper giving this a smooth finish. Due to the nature of hand printing, each print will have some minor variations making each of them truly unique.
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NOTE: All original artwork is duty free for both the United States and United Kingdom. The V.A.T charge for the U.K is 5%. China's V.A.T. fee is 17% and import duty is 6% and I have included that in the total shipping cost.
(c) Pragya Agarwal 2016, All rights reserved.
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