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*One of my prints selected to be published in Mascot Media Ltd 'The Elegant Fowl'. Due July 2016'

A multi plate collagraph print on smooth Somerset Satin paper using oil-based relief inks. A collagraph print is made by building textures on a mount board plate, and by cutting into it, and then sealing it with a lacquer. It is then inked using a range of techniques, and then passed through an etching press with dampened paper. Each time a print has to be made, the plate has to be inked by hand again. This inevitably causes variations and therefore each print in each edition is completely unique.

This is an unique collagraph developed from my original sketches and designs, made using two plates. This meant that I had to ink each of the two plates everytime, and pass the paper through the press twice, making sure that the plates are registered accurately each time. Due to the overlapping of the plates, additional textures are built into the final plate. Unfortunately it is not easy to here see the 3-d effect this produces in the final print.

The design is gothic inspired with dark shapes and colours. Imagery in this design is inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's words and compositions, and his most famous being The Raven. Poe originally wanted this to be about an Owl, and he was inspired by James Rees's poem 'The Old Night Owl' from 1843:

The old night owl sat in the hollow tree,
While the winds they passed him fearfully
His eye like a demon’s glar’d around,
And from his throat came this mournful sound —
Ha, woo! ha, woo! . . .

Far, far aloft, on the night-wind floats —
Ha, woo! ha, woo! . . .

He courts no kin, in his woody haunt,
But to himself all night doth chaunt . . .
Ha, woo! ha, woo! . . .

I will send the print unframed in a beautifully wrapped and secure hard-backed envelope from my studio 'Hedge and Hog' in north-west of England. It should fit most standard frames.

If you would like to add a mount or a frame, please do message me to discuss. I can also send it directly to the recipient in an attractive gift wrap if you are sending this as a present.

I will also enclose a leaflet with photos of the collagraph process and the blocks that your print is made of.

Thanks for visiting my shop, and do not hesitate to message me if you have any questions.

Due to the nature of this piece, all sizes are approximate. One of a very small edition of 10.

For international orders, any duties or taxes are not included in this price.

Worldwide copyright (c) Pragya Agarwal 2016. All rights reserved.

Materials used:

Mountboard, Somerset Satin paper, oil-based relief inks

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Pragya Agarwal

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