The bird prints came about as a transition from the textile screen prints I was making during the 1980’s to prints on paper.
The nine linocuts and one woodcut (Magpie) were made in 1988 and printed on stunning hand-made Japanese Unurishi mulberry paper, which is characterised by strands of unbeaten Kozo fibres scattered throughout.
The old battleship lino was rescued from the floor of the Central School of Art building in Gillies Street, Adelaide. The bird images were inspired by drawings made at the SA Museum and Cleland Conservation Park at Mount Lofty, South Australia.
They have been printed in black ink with a hand roller through an etching press. The prints have been exhibited throughout Australia and several sets of 10 have been purchased for public collections.
The editions were determined at 100 for each image and now some editions are completed. Blocks are cancelled as they expire.