ST. BRENDAN the NAVIGATOR
This broadside of St. Brendan the Navigator measures 4 1/2" × 6 3/4". It is based on one of my ink drawings on paper. A scan of my drawing, slightly enlarged and modified, was used to create the plate for letterpress printing.
St. Brendan was an Irish monk of the fifth and sixth centuries who made extensive sea journeys to spread the Gospel to the islands around Ireland and to found monasteries. His most famous adventures are recounted in the Voyage of St. Brendan. According to the Voyage, St. Brendan and his monks celebrated Mass on several occasions on an island that was really the back of the largest fish in the ocean, which is named Iasconius.
I drew the borders in the style of 6-9th century Northumbro-Irish art, with its distinctive ornamental knotwork, lacertine animals and geometric patterns.
Approximately 200 broadsides were made in 2014 and issued in an open edition. They were printed on a Heidelberg cylinder press at Rohner Letterpress (Chicago, IL). Graphic Chemical & Ink (Villa Park, IL) supplied a traditional printing ink made from linseed oil & furnace black. The paper was handmade from cotton rag pulp at Twinrocker Handmade Paper (Brookston, IN). It is a laid paper, which means that it has a slight ribbed texture, from the wires in the papermaking mould. The bottom edge is deckle.
The print costs $23. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address. See this page for additional ordering instructions and general information. If you want to pay via a check or money order, please e-mail me at danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com.
I can color this broadside by hand, using pigment-based calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes. I use 23k gold leaf and palladium leaf for the illuminated details. Please note that the brilliance of the leaf does not show well in the scanned image. Each hand-colored print is unique. The one you receive will not be identical to the one shown here.
The hand-colored print with illuminated details costs $218. You may use the button below to pay via PayPal, debit card or credit card. Be sure to confirm the shipping address. See this page for additional ordering instructions and general information. If you want to pay via a check or money order, please e-mail me at danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com.
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