Temple of Peace Linocuts

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I have been printing this week in readiness for the forthcoming Penarth Print Fair this Saturday and Sunday in the Pavilion.

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The series that I have been working on are based on photographs from the Temple of Peace inauguration ceremony in 1938. Gentle/Radical reimagined this ceremony last November in an extraordinary event which I was proud to be involved in. http://gentleradical.org/projects/a-new-mecca/

I plan to create a zine using these prints, some of the original photos and some of the text written especially for last year’s event. Until I do so, suffice it to say that the images of mothers who had lost sons in the war, wearing their medals, are extraordinarily powerful.

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The printing of these plates should have been relatively simple, but I have learnt a few lessons nonetheless… Firstly there should have been five images. However one was ruined by a loss of concentration at a crucial point. I diligently cut out the wrong bits, resulting in a black face with white shadows which couldn’t be salvaged.

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Secondly, I used new paper – Fabriano – which was too thick for hand-pulling prints. As a result a friend of mine tried to set me up on the press which resulted in further prints slipping all over the place and a near nervous breakdown on Sunday! Reverting to the old standby of Seawhite paper and hand pulling the prints allowed peace to be restored today.

2 thoughts on “Temple of Peace Linocuts

  1. Those faces remind me of the ‘Mams’ in Caradog Prichard’s novel ‘One Moonlit Night’ – set during and just after the First World War. In spite of all the struggle Jenny, the prints look great.

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    1. Many thanks for the observation Carol. I had a quick look on the internet but couldn’t see the photos. Do you have a copy I could borrow? I’ll swap it for the other book I borrowed off you a couple of months ago!\

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