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I adore the small leaves of the Muehlenbeckia, or maidenhair vine plant, and have several in the workshop and, hanging from a maple tree branch in rusty pots, above where we sit in the wild meadow. The Muehlenbeckia collagraph plates take ink really well and provide beautiful detail from the leaves and stalks. This work is part of my a collection of Japanese ceramic bowl inspired prints, alongside mindfully stitched linen lines.


Handprinted using safe wash/ soya based inks. Here is a link to a blog post about collagraph plates.


This is a mono print, so is unique and original  (it is not a digitally reproduced print).


Print size: 28.5 x 25.5cm


I use environmentally friendly Somerset acid free paper, from St Cuthbert's Mill in the UK.


My collagraph print technique starts when I hand craft each plate to a design I have in mind, using a range of techniques and tools. Ink is then carefully applied by hand to the plate.  After placing the element on the Gunning bed and during the process of running the plate under the print roller, it is pressed into damp paper, transferring the ink, and creating a unique, debossed impression of the original design.


The stitching is created by hand, where I take time to sew each line, with linen thread. Its a really mindful practice and my intention is to add a sense of calm and space to the piece.


All prints come unframed, wrapped in compostable cellophane with a recycled card backing. Each print is individually hand signed, embossed with my logo and numbered.


Please note that the copyright of this artwork, or any artwork on the website, is retained by me, Su France, the artist.

Muehlenbeckia Mixed Media Print

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