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Buckmaster French


Betula Pendula

Betula Pendula

Coleridge christened the Silver Birch 'The Lady of the Woods'. This elegant tree portrait is etched onto its own tiny leaves.

Limited Edition
Etching on silver birch leaves
34cm x 32cm
Edition of 25

Statement

Buckmaster & French

Tree Portraits

 

 

Janet French and Emma Buckmaster have created a series of etchings of British Trees printed onto paper made from the trees own leaves. 

 The leaves of each tree behave differently and the process is one of continuous experimentation.  The leaves are collected and after a prolonged process of soaking and boiling, delicate sheets of paper are created using only the natural constituents of the leaves to bind them together.  Whilst the paper is still damp the etched image is printed on to the leaves from a steel plate using a traditional etching press.

The Tree Portraits are now held in private and public collections worldwide. 

Biography

 

 

 

 

Janet French gained a BA (Hons) Fine Art at Colchester School of Art and Emma received an MA in Printmaking at the Cambridge School of Art. They jointly chaired Gainsborough's House Printmakers for three years.  Emma and Janet's story was featured on the BBC2 documentary about the RA Summer Exhibition 2016.

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