Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Angel With Lute - a fundraiser for Disasters Emergency Committee

 My fundraising book "To Be Sorted" raised just over £900 for three British charities. Thank you very much to everyone who bought a copy. They went very quickly. My next fundraider is for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). In their own words, "The DEC only appeals when we know we can help. We bring together 14 leading UK aid charities in times of crisis. Since our launch in 1963, we have run 73 appeals and raised more than £1.5 billion – saving millions of lives and rebuilding communities devastated by disasters.". This time, it is a single, small, signed and numbered wood engraving.

I engraved Angel With Lute for another project and did not plan to edition it. However, Iwas pleased with the results and thought that I could sell it to raise money for DEC.

The Steeple Ashton Cope is in the Victoria & Albert Museum and is a rare example of Medieval English embroidery. A small part of it shows an angel on horseback holding what is probably the earliest depiction of an English lute:

I engraved an angel without the horse but very much inspired by the medieval example:

The image measures just 75 x 38mm on a small piece of Zerkall paper about 120 x 90mm

Here are some photographs of the printing process. This small block was printed directly from the hand engraved woodblock using the 1865 Albion handpress:


The engraving has been printed in an edition of 100 original prints. Each one has a card folder to protect in while it is being mailed.


I am selling these prints at £12 each - a low price in the hope that they will be available to everyone who wants one. Postage and packing are free worldwide and all profits (after deductions such as selling charges and postage) will be donated to DEC.

This engraving is available from my ETSY shop:

 Here it is again: