I have made a wren linocut and given him a tiny golden crown. The wren hold a special place in our folklore especially in the festive season. Wrens though tiny have such spirit and this has been recognised from ancient times. It has been called "King" for millennia across Europe.
"The wren has always been considered the king of the birds, as its name in European languages indicates. Aristotle and Plutarch called the wren basileus (king) and basiliskos (little king). In Latin he was known as Regulus - prince. In French, Roitelet - little king. Celtic names of the wren (draouennig, drean, dreathan, dryw etc.) all mean druid bird, and in Welsh the word dryw actually means both druid and wren. It is the same in Germanic languages. In Teutonic wren is Koning Vogel meaning king-bird. In Old German wren is Schneekönig meaning snow king, in Modern German wren is Zaunkönig meaning king of the hedge and in Dutch wren is winterkoninkje meaning winter little king. The same situation is in Slavic languages. In Serbocroatian wren is carić maning little tzar, in Russian wren is korolek, in Ukrainian wren is korolik, in Sorbian wren is kralik, In Slovenian wren is kraljiček, in Slovak wren is hrdlik all meaning prince, little king."
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My linocuts are handmade from start to finish, hand carved, rolled and handprinted, as in the nature of linoprints and the handmade process they may have small variations. This I feel is part of the charm of printmaking and makes each print into both a unique artwork and part of a limited edition run. The wren print has a small golden crown added , this is a reflective gold crown added with gold foiling.
Each print is signed, titled and numbered, you might not receive the number seen in the photograph.
Edition of 50.
Printed onto 140 gm Bockingford acid free paper with oil based inks.
Paper size - 12.5 cm x 14 cm
Please note, as a hand printed item, the print will be subject to minor variations.
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Caligo safe oil based inks, gold foil and double sided tape, Lino printed wren on Bockingford Paper 140lb