[Monmouthshire]: The Old Stile Press, 2015. Abell, John; d'Arbeloff, Natalie; Brockway, Harry; Hicks-Jenkins, Clive; Kiggell, Ralph; Lemaire, Angela; Macdonald, Robert. Limited Edition. Folio. Number 11 of 25, folio size, unpaginated, 14 folded leaves and 14 relief prints, each print is signed and numbered by the respective artist, signed at the colophon by Nicolas and Frances McDowell. Fine / as new. Item #CNJL1117
A severely limited production of only 25 copies, of which "one [is reserved] for The Old Stile Press, one for each of the contributors and the remaining copies available for purchase". "Be Still ...the response of friends," is an artistic response to a miniature book written by Nicolas McDowall and published in 2000, "Be Still, twelve haiku from the valley of the Wye."
A friend of the McDowalls, Bill Garnett (Director/Curator, Pomegranate Fine Art) was especially fond of that book and felt it demanded to be re-visited with illustration. Garnett charged the McDowalls with the retro-realization, and the plan was quickly developed. The twelve haiku "months" were chosen by the respective artists with a maximum image dimension decided upon.
Upon completion the blocks were presented to the McDowalls for printing, the result being this work, done to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the press; of the 25 copies printed, one was reserved for each contributor and one for the Press, leaving very few available to be sold.
___DESCRIPTION: Blue paper portfolio houses 14 loose folded leaves, within 13 of those leaves is a signed and numbered print (one by Harry Brockway entitled "Be Still", the other twelve for each of the twelve months), with the 14th print inlaid to the recessed upper board (also signed and numbered); text printed in black and blue, the paper for the text is Somerset Book White 175 gsm, the images are all printed on Rives Blanc Natural 120 gsm, folio size (approximately 13.25" by 10"), unpaginated, 14 folded leaves and 14 relief prints, each print is signed and numbered by the respective artist, signed at the colophon by Nicolas and Francis McDowell; limited edition of 25, this number 11. All are housed in a blue cloth fall-down-back box lined in suede, with the 14th print inlaid on the front as recounted above.
___CONDITION: Fine, in a fine box; like new.
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