Field Days is a celebration of some of the field and meadow flowers found in Shropshire, along with a glance at their common names, folklore and past use in medicine for both humans and livestock.
It is a hand-made, hand-assembled, hand-printed book. The illustrations inside are reproductions of original monoprints made with plants picked in our field (the plants are first pressed and dried, then inked up and printed using an etching press).
The book covers are original and totally unique hand-made meadow monoprints in their own right made on my etching press - you can see the embossed impression of the plants on the underside of the covers of many of the books.
The text inside is researched, compiled and typeset by me.
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What is a monoprint?
A monoprint is one of the traditional forms of printmaking. Monoprints are not reproduction prints—they are one-off pieces that cannot be exactly replicated. Unlike engraving, etching, woodcut or linocut, you cannot make editions of monoprints since the matrix disappears on printing,
although sometimes you can produce ‘ghost prints’ from the remains of the ink on the plate and these can have a beautiful faded quality. I use these a lot.
I produce the prints on a table-top etching press in my workshop at home right next to the field and use exquisite Hawthorn inks and beautiful grey and cream Stonehenge papers.