This picture was inspired by Thomas Hardy's poem of the same title. Hardy tells us that young birds, so full of life, come from
'But only particles of grain,
And earth, and air, and rain.'
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 then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 5 copies.
oil based black printing ink, Heritage Bookwhite 160gsm