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Linocut – Pin Cushion Protea on Gold Leaf Japanese Paper
There are several different species of Pin Cushion Protea, all falling within the Leucospermum family. Their flowers range from pale yellow to bright orange to fire red and from July to November, the mountain slopes around Hermanus are splashed in colour as the Pin Cushions erupt into bloom. They have a really fascinating method of seed dispersal. The seeds they produce are covered in a sweet sugary coating, much loved by a specific species of ant. The ants collect the fallen seeds and take them back down into their nests where they lick the coating away. The now bare seed is as smooth and slippery as glass and the ants are unable to remove them from the nest. The seeds lie dormant and protected in the ant’s nests – sometimes for years – until a fire passes overhead. The heat from the fire activates the seeds and they begin to sprout, emerging above the ground in time to take advantage of the rich ash covered soil.
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Size: 500mm x 500mm
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This is an original Linocut on Gold leaf Japanese paper. To produce the Linocut, an image is first drawn on to paper and then transferred to a sheet of Lino. Using specialized tools and a surgeon’s scalpel, the raised sections of Lino not required are delicately cut away and removed. Lino ink is applied to the Linocut which is then placed face down on to the map and carefully compressed with a roller, transferring the ink to the paper. It is a time consuming process subject to many errors.
|Dimensions||50 × 50 cm|
500mm x 500mm