Cocker Spaniel and Springer Spaniel Dog Tag Prints

Here are 2 new additions to The Enlightened Hound’s series of Dog Tag prints which tell the story of a particular breed in a dog tag design. For those of you who are new to this series of prints, you can find out more about how they were developed in an earlier post.

The new breeds in the series are Cocker Spaniel and Springer Spaniel

The spaniel is widely assumed to have originated in Spain, with the word “spaniel” thought to be derived from the old French word “Espaignol” meaning “Spanish”. It may have been the Romans who were responsible for bringing these ‘Dogs of Spain’ to other parts of Europe.
However another theory suggests that the name “spaniel” may come from the French verb “espanir” meaning “to crouch or flatten” (which describes a style of hunting involving crouching and springing).

Springer Spaniel Print Dog Tag print by Debbie Kendall

I always enjoy researching each breed for the dog tag prints. When I spoke to Springer Spaniel owners about their dogs, the most frequent word that they used to describe them was ‘mad’! The next thing they invariably talked about is how they just love to be with you, whatever you are doing and wherever you are going. The phrase ‘Velcro Dog’ (as in ‘sticks to you like Velcro’) also cropped up quite frequently.

Hand lettered Springer Spaniel print by Debbie Kendall

I was delighted to discover that the nickname for the happy little Cocker Spaniel is the “Merry Cocker”
With their soulful eyes it’s easy to see where the phrase “spaniel eyes” (as in “Don’t look at me with those spaniel eyes!”) came from.

Hand printed Cocker Spaniel Dog Tag Art by Debbie Kendall

I was interested to discover how closely Cockers and Springers are related. Originally these were just different names given to pups of the same litter — the smaller ones called Cockers and the larger ones, Springers.

Hand lettered cocker spaniel print by The Enlightened Hound

The prints are hand lettered and illustrated and then each one is printed by hand on my press.

I am using photopolymer plates for these prints which are often used for letterpress work. I like how the image is reverse- embossed on the back of the print after it has been through the press.

Photopolymer plate 'debossing' by The Enlightened Hound

The prints can be bought online from The Enlightened Hound’s shop

Also in the series are Labrador, Whippet and Portuguese Water Dog.

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Pattern & Print Exhibition at Jam Factory

My Canine Wisdom prints are currently part of the Travelling Tube’s Pattern & Print exhibition  on display at the ultra cool Jam Factory in Oxford, England (Jan -April 2013)

jam factory oxford
The Jam Factory is Frank Cooper’s old marmalade factory and is now a favourite destination for fresh food lovers and art enthusiasts in the historical city of Oxford.
Pattern & Print Exhibition
The Travelling Tube Gallery is the inspiration of curator Clare Eguchi and her Pattern & Print show is a touring exhibition which brings together a diverse group of nationally renowned artists displaying their latest works in the medium of print, from screen print to linocut, letterpress, and dry point. I am excited to be part of it.