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I cut this 4" by 4" (10.2 cm by 10.2 cm) linoleum block of a tiny harpy, a composite creature, half-woman, half-bird, to make a series of planned multimedia pieces. This is the first in the series. The block here has been printed on three Japanese washi papers (in gold on white with gold flecks and on cream and in black on irridescent green). The tail is embellished with an actual peacock feather (for those who worry about animal products, I gathered the feather myself from off the ground of the poultry pen on a farm on which I previously lived) and glass beads.

I wanted to reclaim the idea of a harpy as a beautiful, rather than horrific creature. A simple way to do so is to play with scale.

Sometimes the siren is depicted as half-woman, half-bird, rather than half-fish, so some may know this creature as a siren. The siren is also seen as a threat. This creature is small, beautiful, yet proud. She never ate anyone, nor made any ships smash into jagged rocks.

You can find the same print as part of a pillow here:
Ele Willoughby

Hand-Held Harpy I - Multimedia Artwork with Mythical Woman Bird Hybrid Harpy or Siren Lino Print, Collage, Peacock Feather, Glass Beads

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: linoleum, ink, japanese washi paper, carving tools, brayer, baren, glass beads, thread, needle, glue, knives, peacock feather
  • Ships worldwide from Toronto, Canada
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