Original Art Shipped to You
Artists Sell Your Art

ArtZipper
ArtZipper

Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper

Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer
 
  • Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer
  • Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer
  • Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer
  • Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer
  • Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper  by Don Widmer

From the Don Widmer Gallery

 
Category: Prints, Etchings & Lithographs

Title: Aido Hwedo: African Dragon, framed and matted – 6 color Letterpress Print on Handmade Denim Paper

Description: Many African dragons are described as large serpents or giant snakes, with no legs or two legs. These stories are found in various parts of Africa and Egypt. The story of Aido Hwedo comes from the Fon People of West Africa (Benin and southwest Nigeria). I printed the story of this dragon around the image, circling it like a snake. I used three design patterns in my image. These were inspired by African textile designs. Letterpress printing is a form of relief printing which uses a printing press. This artisanal form of printing uses the same techniques developed by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century. Each color is applied separately using movable wood and metal type, photo-etched zinc “cuts”, polymer plates, wood cuts or linoleum blocks. For Aido Hwedo, I start by creating a watercolor painting. I scan and digitally separate the painting into a series of overlapping colors. In this case I used six different colors. I create polymer plates from my digital files. These plates are locked onto the bed of a Vandercook press, inked, and transferred onto paper through the application of pressure. Papermaking is even older than printing, originating in China. Plant fiber (or natural fabric material) is beaten to form a pulp, mixed with water, and formed using a mould and deckle. The cotton fiber used in this paper was made from recycled denim jeans. The paper was made at Zenith Art Studio in River Forest, then printed on a Vandercook press at Spudnik Press in Chicago. The print comes signed and numbered (edition of 38) with a one-page description of the process. Note: Due to the nature of the handmade papermaking and printing processes, slight variations in each individual artwork will occur. These contribute to the uniqueness of each piece in the edition. The poster comes professionally framed and matted, wired in the back and ready for hanging. The blue wooden frame features a distressed finish and the mat color is a complementary blue. Museum-quality glass is non-reflective and offers UV protection. Artwork Size: 12 x 18 inches (approximate); 30.5 x 45.7 cm. Frame Size: 17.25 x 22.75 inches; 43.8 x 57.8 cm.

Keywords: Benin, West Africa, Fon people, African textiles, handmade paper, python, creation story, blue, deckle edge, orange, Nigeria, snake, rainbow serpent

Theme: Whimsical

Color: Cool Tones

Texture: Flat

Finish: Art Only

Edition: Unique

Style: Letterpress

Dimensions: 0'22.0" x 0'16.0" x 0'1.0"

Shipping: $25.00

Price: $425.00

Publish status: Live