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A group of peacocks, like those in this linocut, are called 'an ostentation', for obvious reasons. I am making a series on the weird and wonderful terms of venery - the collective nouns for groups of animals (and other things). Some are evocative, some strange and obscure. This is the fourth in a series of such prints.

This lino block print is printed in metallic and pearlescent inks on Japanese kozo (or mulberry) paper 12.5 inches by 8 inches, or 31.7 cm by 20.3 cm in dimension, in a slightly variable edition of eight. The pearlescent ink mimics the beautiful irridescence of those ostentatious peacock feathers. The block is inked 'à la poupée', meaning the multiple colours (indigo, apple green, turquoise and gold) are all inked at the same time, in small areas, and the print is pulled all at once.

The word 'Ostentation' is in a rather rococo and ostentatious typeface. I designed the font of 'Peacocks' to echo the feathers shapes and 'eyes' on the tail feathers.

Though I am a city girl, I lived for a few years on a farm, where the owner kept a peacock and a peahen. I assure you, it is not just their plumage which is ostentatious. Peacocks are cacophonous, proud and unruly animals, but they are very beautiful. I think they make a great subject for a print.
Ele Willoughby

An Ostentation of Peacocks Linocut - Terms of Venery, Collective Noun for Animals, Birds, Typography & Peacocks Lino Block Print

$27.00 USD
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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, linoleum, paper, washi, kozo paper
  • Ships worldwide from Toronto, Canada
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