I picked up a small pinecone on a walk last winter, with the idea that I would draw it later, at home. This is how I learned that they will open rapidly in response to a dry, warm environment, like a house in winter. The cone had opened and changed shape by morning, a different presentation entirely.
The background block, printing in gray ink, is hand-carved in wood. The foreground block, printing in black ink, is hand-carved from linoleum flooring. Using a refurbished Craftsmen Imperial tabletop platen press, this limited edition version of Pinecone is printed on Cave Paper’s Natural Flax handmade paper. The paper has a nice texture to it, so each print is a bit different as a result.