The scene depicted in this print is less than a mile from where I live, a scene repeated throughout Northern Europe at this time of year. In the days when haystacks were seen in the fields, people lived in homes with thatched roofs, resembling haystacks. As mechanisation came to dominate life, straw bales became cuboid and people began living in blocks of flats. What then do these circular bales foretell? Will people one day inhabit circular dwellings? In Britain today, only a minority can reasonably afford somewhere to live. Yet no one can live in a Northern climate without a decent home. The pressure is building for a housing revolution. A circle covers the greatest area per length of wall, potentially offering savings in materials and time. 'Nissen huts', named after their inventor, Peter Nissen (1871-1930) are practical half-circular structures, remnants of the early twentieth century which may still be found today. And in pre-historic times circular dwellings were typical. Are residences about to come full circle? Maybe the view across the harvest fields of today gives a clue about the look of tomorrow's homes.
This print is pulled from an image cut out of a sheet of rubber, and is a variation of letterpress printing. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the remaining rubber is rolled up with ink and pressed to paper. The total number of prints in this case is closed at four and the printing plate discarded.
The print comprises oil-based ink on high quality acid free paper and should present no keeping difficulties. The image measures 5x6¼ inches on a 10x12 inch sheet and will fit straight into a standard 10x12 inch frame.
oil-based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm