red deer sleeping

A Short Film Part 2

Heron Shade Woodblock Print

In January 2015 I began a journey into woodblock printing, focusing on Japanese netsuke. In February 2015, alongside the netsuke animal print explorations, I made a woodblock print of a heron. See my Into The Wood project for more about this process. At the time I had no purpose for the heron, only to explore the woodblock process. It sat on the shelf for quite a few months until November 2015 when I decided to make my EP Heron Shade. It was the perfect image for the cover and so I decided to hand-print each EP with the heron woodblock. Here's a short film (1m 57s) showing snippets of the process and materials used to print the woodblock.

The song 'Orange' from Christina Rossetti's original poem 'Color' is the soundtrack for the film and also features on the EP.

A Short Film - Printing Heron Shade EP - woodblock & letterpress

Heron Shade EP - Limited Edition

The heron print on the front cover and disc label was hand-printed with Japanese carbon ink from a hand carved woodblock.

The back cover was typeset with 24pt Univers metal type printed with gold letterpress ink on the Adana 8 X 5 platen press.

Heron Shade title on the front cover was printed using blind deboss on the Adana 8 x 5.

I have made a limited edition of 100 EPs. Each cd is packaged in a 100% recycled card sleeve with a digitally printed insert on recycled paper.