A little while ago I created this hand lettered poster for a competition entitled “All Things British”.
It is now available to buy as a limited edition, fine art Giclee print. Each print is signed and numbered – there are only 20 prints in the edition – which means there will only ever be 20 of these prints – so snap one up quickly from The Enlightened Hound.
Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process, which combines superior pigment-based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve prints of the same archival quality, light fastness and stability as that demanded by galleries and museums.
The Quintessentially British prints are printed on thick (310gsm) Hahnemuhle natural white cotton rag paper.
The hand lettered print celebrates the unique, quirky traditions and rituals that are quintessentially British – in very patriotic colours – red, white and blue.
The paper size is approx. 395 x 565 mm and the image size is approx. 315 x 485 mm.
I have caught the Ephemera bug! No it’s not some tropical disease but a passion for collecting old printed or written material.
Ephemera is defined as items designed to be useful or important for only a short time, for example pamphlets, notices, coupons, tickets etc. The irony that these items were never meant to be retained or preserved but are now eagerly sought after by collectors is not lost on me!
Taken for granted in their time, worthy of only a fleeting (if any) appreciation, each of these ‘throw away’ items is now a fascinating little slice of history and design. I wonder, if in years to come, people will collect our computer generated tickets, receipts and other printed papers with the same fervour?
So where do you go to start collecting ephemera? There is, of course, eBay which is a great source of ephemera but nothing beats the thrill of rummaging through odd and ends at the sharp end of a car boot fair or antique & collectors’ fairs. However finding ephemera at these fairs is a bit hit or miss so I visited an Ephemera Fair in London which was a lot of fun.
Some sellers had all their ephemera neatly sorted and packed in individually priced see-through bags but the ones I liked best were those who had cardboard boxes overflowing with loose scraps of prints, maps, pages from old books, leaflets and adverts etc. Prices ranged from £1 to hundreds.
I have a few ideas for incorporating some of these items into my printmaking and I am in danger of getting hooked on this addictive pastime. Watch this space!