Elly Rowbotham Printmaker | Products | 'Wheal Margery Bee' - Purple Flower - Original Print Lino Cut Card |
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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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Specialised in
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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‘Wheal Margery Bee’ – Purple Flower – Original Print Lino Cut Card

Not all bees are stripy!

This little Ginger Carder Bee perches skilfully on a wild balsam blossom with its head buried determinedly collecting pollen. I’ve coloured the flower with a blend of plum purple to reddish purple giving it depth. I achieve this during hand inking the flower lino block. The bee is also hand inked, in a seville black. I’ve hand printed this 3 times to achieve the final image on artist paper which I then fold to form a card.

I’ve typeset the text on the back using old metal letterpress which I hand ink & hand print using the same colour as the bee.