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About Elly Rowbotham Printmaker

Original LinoCut HandPrinted cards, hand-folded using mold made paper, hand torn to size according to convention (ensuring the deckle edge is incorporated as much as possible). Cards are blank inside for a hand written message.¶ I keep the tradition of typesetting & letterpress alive by using metal moveable type for all written text. On the back of my cards, my signs, text for wedding invites & other commissions.¶ My methods & tools are traditional (only hand tools used), I hand build & cut my image blocks. My presses, type & tools are linked directly to the old print industry - I was lucky to acquire them when they were being discarded by commercial printers in favour of 'new fangled' desktop publishing in the 1980s.

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Relief block building to type high & cutting (images), Typesetting & printing with movable metal type (text). Hand inking & press inking. Paper tearing. I’ve studied typography & layout grids, with particular interest in the grids behind early illuminated manuscripts. I used to teach digital layout on accredited courses, using my knowledge of typesetting, letterpress & layout to provide a tangible insight into the principles & the language of digital typography & layout software, which is replete with the print industry terminology from which it grew. Graphic Design BA (Hons), PGCE
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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.