This is a fine art card of an original felting inspired by a favourite country road and sea view, approaching Morvah, a wonderful hamlet on the coast in West Penwith, Cornwall. It is also inspired by the poet W.S. Graham and the line ‘Three foxglove summers ago’ from ‘The Thermal Stair, an elegy to the painter Peter Lanyon.
The card measures 8″x16″ (21 x15cm) and is on beautiful quality 300g Cocoon recycled card stock. It comes with an envelope and is wrapped in cello and lines from the poem are printed on the reverse.
The original was created firstly with wet-felted base layers and then further layers of needle-felting and fibres were added for depth and texture. Finally, I embellished with stitching and beading.
It’s so wonderful that the giclée process retains excellent details of the original. Many customers in the galleries where I sell my work have commented that the prints look 3D and very touchable, as though you could feel the fibres 🙂
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*Created in a smoke-free home.
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Giclée printing is a process that uses fade-resistant, archival inks and archival substrates to print on large format printers. Giclée printing is often used by artists to make reproductions of their original artwork for resale, while preserving the original.
The Thermal Stair
for the painter Peter Lanyon killed in a gliding accident in 1964
I called today, Peter, and you were away.
I look out over Botallack and over Ding
Dong and Levant and over the jasper sea.
Find me a thermal to speak and soar to you from
Over Lanyon Quoit and the circling stones standing
High on the moor over Gurnard’s Head where some
Time three foxglove summers ago, you came.
The days are shortening over Little Parc Owles.
The poet or painter steers his life to maim
Himself somehow for the job. His job is Love
Imagined into words or paint to make
An object that will stand and will not move.
Peter, I called and you were away, speaking
Only through what you made and at your best.
Look, there above Botallack, the buzzard riding
The salt updraught slides off the broken air
And out of sight to quarter a new place.
The Celtic sea, the Methodist sea is there.
You said once in the Engine
House below Morvah
That words make their world
In the same way as the painter’s
Mark surprises him
Into seeing new.
Sit here on the sparstone
In this ruin where
Once the early beam
Engine pounded and broke
The air with industry.
Now the chuck of daws
And the listening sea.
‘Shall we go down’ you said
‘Before the light goes
And stand under the old
Morvah and St Just?’
You said ‘Here is the sea
Made by alfred wallis
Or any poet or painter’s
Eye it encountered.
Or is it better made
By all those vesselled men
Sometime it maintained?
We all make it again.’
Give me your hand, Peter,
To steady me on the word.
Seventy-two by sixty,
Italy hangs on the wall.
A woman stands with a drink
In some polite place
And looks at SARACINESCO
And turns to mention space.
That one if she could
Would ride Artistically
The thermals you once rode.
Peter, the phallic boys
Begin to wink their lights.
Godrevy and the Wolf
Are calling Opening Time.
We’ll take the quickest way
The tin singers made.
Climb here where the hand
Will not grasp on air.
And that dark-suited man
Has set the dominoes out
On the Queen’s table.
Peter, we’ll sit and drink
And go in the sea’s roar
To Labrador with wallis
Or rise on Lanyon’s stair.
Uneasy, lovable man, give me your painting
Hand to steady me taking the word-road home.
Lanyon, why is it you’re earlier away?
Remember me wherever you listen from.
Lanyon, dingdong dingdong from carn to carn.
It seems tonight all Closing bells are tolling
Across the Duchy shire wherever I turn.
Living on the wild and beautiful peninsula of West Penwith in Cornwall, UK, surrounded by the sea, I am constantly inspired by the seasons, the weather, the land and seascapes…tiny details of colour, shadows and patterns in rocks, plants, clouds and the many birds and wildlife. I am also fascinated by the energy of the landscape and its effect on the senses.
I’ve been teaching English Literature for 14 years but have recently hoped very much to dedicate more time to exploring and developing my artwork. I love to combine poetry with my work and am often inspired by lines in poetry and novels and the ‘colour’ of words as well as the rhythms, resonance and shapes of certain words together. I also like to ‘paint’ conversations and their movement and energies.
I was drawn to felting from knitting and crochet and practising with flowers, to experimenting with landscapes and sketching and love the way they grow, evolve and develop by an almost transformative magic. The colours and effects can be surprising and the layering of wet-felting and needle-felting, free from rules, can create very subtle depths. Making mistakes often results in happy accidents and the process for me is such a heartfelt one too and always one of celebration.
I am learning about ethical fleeces, different fibres and textures and their effects and also combining unusual embellishments, as well as beads, sequins, wire and stitching. In looking forward to further exploration and new paths, my dream would be to develop my work into a full-time business. I have gained so much confidence with three local exhibitions, and with selling original work, cards and prints on a regular basis.
My work can currently be seen at Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery, near Zennor, Cornwall, The Blue Bramble Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall and Strandline Gallery, Marazion, Cornwall.
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Shipping and Policies **Please let me know Prior to checkout if you are ordering more than one card so I can readjust the shipping so that you are charged one fair amount. ** I aim to ship all orders within 3 business days and normally send orders on the day of purchase if I can. I usually have all cards in stock but sometimes I sell out and will then need to wait for the art printers to make the order and the turnaround for this is 5 - 7 days. I will let you know if this is the case. I often have prints in stock but sometimes have to order them from the art printers and the turnaround for this is 5-7 days. I will let you know and send as soon as possible. I often use recycled materials when packaging and shipping, as am very keen to reuse quality materials - please let me know if this is a problem and you would prefer new materials. I also offer a 'gift-wrap and send' service at $4 extra, so I can send a gift to your friend or family member if you let me know their address. Please contact me Before checkout. I aim to make sure all of my items reach you in perfect condition and take extra care packaging my work, as I also care about my work very much :-) The buyer is responsible for any extra custom fees/taxes. Please be aware of your country's import regulations. Items will be shipped after payment is received. UK postage is all first class and outside the UK is standard airmail unless otherwise specified. Neither of these are trackable so if this is what you would rather, please get in touch and I can work out the extra cost.
If you are unhappy with your purchase please let me know as soon as possible and I will try to fix the problem or refund you - I really hope to always have happy customers :-)