Elly Rowbotham Printmaker
About Elly Rowbotham Printmaker
Cornflower Love Heart – Original HandPrinted LinoCut Card
I love Cornflowers, they make a wildflower patch zing!
This is my 2nd-in-series inspired by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. Thallo is the ancient greek goddess of spring, protector of new growth – her name means ‘bloom’. In his painting Botticelli has purposefully decorated Thallo’s garment in beautiful cornflowers – I adore his execution of them & sketched my cornflowers from his painting, paying attention to the blossoms (his genius, simple brush strokes) and intertwined stalks & buds, which I then attempted to apply, in this cut Lino print, to form the heart.
In folklore, cornflowers are worn by young men in love. So here they are, fashioned into a lover’s heart…
Hand-inked, Hand-printed linocut Card, with metal letterpress text hand-printed on the back, on my old Albion Press.