About this piece:
This book is inspired by fragments of chintz, the printed cotton fabrics that were imported from India into Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The accumulation of many prints builds up a complex tale which explores the diversity of design of that period. Each page displays an irregular shaped collagraph print which focusses on a different aspect of these antique fabrics and every print has it’s own exotic tale to tell. The end papers are printed from an antique Indian wood block to hand painted paper.
The irregular shapes of the collagraph plates bite into the cotton paper creating a textured piece of work which invites one to touch, just as one would a textile. Annwyn feels that the ability to touch the ink and indentation of the print enables the viewer to connect with the history of the textiles and with the printmaker. Each page can be engaged with separately or the book can be viewed as a whole.
paper, ink, acrylic, thread
About the artist:
Lives and works in Skipton, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Annwyn Dean is a book artist and printmaker who lives in the north of England. She is inspired by antique textiles that she collected during her years teaching and writing about embroidery. She feels that these fragments have stories to tell about their makers, their journeys across the world and through the centuries and about those who wore the textiles.
She creates Collagraph prints and her plates are constructed from various papers, fabrics and threads. Her methods result in prints which are full of texture and character.