La Befana: vien di notte, Artist Proof – 2 color Letterpress Broadside on Gold Parchtone Paper (2018), item 280

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Handmade

Materials

relic gold parchtone paper, oil based ink

Dimensions

Height: 18 Inches; Width: 12 Inches

According to southern Italian folklore, the Magi visited an old woman named La Befana (whose name may derive from "Epiphany"). Because she is busy, La Befana does not join them on their way to find baby Jesus. She soon regrets her decision but it's too late. To this day, on the eve of Epiphany she visits every house to find the baby Jesus, visiting children asleep in their beds. She travels by broom or donkey, entering the home through the chimney. La Befana leaves toys for good children, garlic or coal for bad ones.

The title comes from the first line of a traditional Italian children's song, which translates as "The Old Witch comes by night." The text within the illustrations comes from my original poem.

Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing which uses a printing press. I start by creating pen and ink drawings. I scan the drawings and create raised polymer plates from my digital files. These plates are locked onto the bed of a Vandercook printing press, inked, and transferred onto paper through the application of pressure. The text on the bottom of the broadside is printed using hand-set metal and wood type. I printed this artwork on a Vandercook model 4 at Spudnik Press in Chicago.

The artwork comes signed with a one-page description of the process. This is an artist proof, which was done at the same time as the numbered edition of 11, but may have a slight imperfection, such as an ink smear. But, overall, the quality is good and suitable for framing. Also, my numbered edition is printed on my handmade paper, while this artist proof is printed on paper manufactured by the French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan (still a beautiful, parchment-tone paper, just not handmade!). Note that there may be slight variations in each artwork due to the nature of the process and the fact that each piece is uniquely one-of-a-kind.

Artwork Size: 18 x 12 inches (approximate); 45.7 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 16 oz.; 473 g (ships flat in a cushion mailer)
According to southern Italian folklore, the Magi visited an old woman named La Befana (whose name may derive from "Epiphany"). Because she is busy, La Befana does not join them on their way to find baby Jesus. She soon regrets her decision but it's too late. To this day, on the eve of Epiphany she visits every house to find the baby Jesus, visiting children asleep in their beds. She travels by broom or donkey, entering the home through the chimney. La Befana leaves toys for good children, garlic or coal for bad ones.

The title comes from the first line of a traditional Italian children's song, which translates as "The Old Witch comes by night." The text within the illustrations comes from my original poem.

Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing which uses a printing press. I start by creating pen and ink drawings. I scan the drawings and create raised polymer plates from my digital files. These plates are locked onto the bed of a Vandercook printing press, inked, and transferred onto paper through the application of pressure. The text on the bottom of the broadside is printed using hand-set metal and wood type. I printed this artwork on a Vandercook model 4 at Spudnik Press in Chicago.

The artwork comes signed with a one-page description of the process. This is an artist proof, which was done at the same time as the numbered edition of 11, but may have a slight imperfection, such as an ink smear. But, overall, the quality is good and suitable for framing. Also, my numbered edition is printed on my handmade paper, while this artist proof is printed on paper manufactured by the French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan (still a beautiful, parchment-tone paper, just not handmade!). Note that there may be slight variations in each artwork due to the nature of the process and the fact that each piece is uniquely one-of-a-kind.

Artwork Size: 18 x 12 inches (approximate); 45.7 x 30.5 cm.
Package weight = 16 oz.; 473 g (ships flat in a cushion mailer)

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