Fictional moths

These are the 6 final imaginary moths.

They are based on illegal/illicit night-time activities.

~4 layers, edition of 10 + 6 for the book=~350 pulls of the handle of the big press.

Each moth is roughly 50 x 75mm, printed on Chinese Xuan paper, using a mixture of oil-based inks and water-based inks. Cutsword is a multi-block reduction print using two blocks.

It became a dance where movements became economical, practised and precisely calculated to move objects, paper and ink.

The fictional moths will be bound, along with the Solway moths into a book with letterpress, edition of 6, binding yet to be decided.

Moths, part 2, 2021

The ‘real’ moths of the Solway are going to be joined by six fictional moths based on illegal night-time activities.

They are based on an incident last year when, during lockdown, someone dumped two televisions, a glass TV stand, a dart board, a shattered bathroom mirror, speaker and two vacuum cleaners in the ditch in the wood nearby.

I now need to select 6 moths, create scientific names, common names and descriptors for them. I need interpret them as reduction linocuts and print them onto the partners of the pages already printed with real moths and use letterpress to print the text. Then binding the books. Edition of 10. This will take a while.

Moths of the Solway Firth, part 1, 2020

A series of moths of the Solway, created from discussions with Dr Liz Still, entomologist who works at Watchtree. Reduction linocut, printed on Chinese Xuan paper. Paper size 20 x 15 cm.

Elephant Hawk-Moth
Eyed Hawk-Moth
Garden Tiger
Manchester Treble-bar
Merveille du Jour

I’ve also printed these onto slightly thicker paper, as part of a bigger project.