Acacia pycnantha, Karrank, Tunline
Australia’s national emblem since 1988, and unofficially so for a century before that, the golden wattle is a glorious, fluffy, fairy bloom with tiny pom-pom flowers that seem to dance in the breeze. Bees flurry about in ecstatic greed when it’s in bloom. Though A. pycnantha is endemic to south-eastern Australia, there are close to 1000 varieties of other wattles growing nationwide – from the forest to the desert, in all terrains and climates. Because of this, wattle has become iconic in the Australian cultural landscape; from the uniforms of the Australian Olympic team, the beloved Golden Wattle Cookery Book (1924) and of course, May Gibbs’ enchanting Wattle Babies (1918). Australians are very attached to these little golden orbs. Wattle is also known as a symbol of resilience. Being fire resilient, they are often the first plants to germinate after a bushfire. This strength became a symbol of Australia’s newly forged unity in World War 1.
Original Screen Print - edition of seven
Original screen prints are a very limited edition. Typically, artists will produce 100 or more prints in a series. Because of my process, I can produce between four and eight artworks before the paper stencils begin to deteriorate. I have deliberately chosen a method of screen printing that brings the warm quality of hand-done work to life. Consider these prints as wabi-sabi artworks, that is; beauty in imperfection. It has been my intention from the outset to produce prints that feel special, even the textures of dots and stripes have been hand painted onto transparency, straddling the line between perfection and warmth. Your original screen print will show marks of having been hand-done. These artworks have been printed using hand-cut paper stencils, they have been registered by eye, the ink has been pulled by hand – all of this is deliberate, so that instead of owning one of many identical prints you might own one unique variant of few.
Find out more about my process here.
An Original Screen Print will come to you embossed on the front (bottom left of artwork) with an authenticity stamp. The prints are also signed and numbered at the bottom of the print. For framing this is typically included in the viewing area. Every print comes with an additional certificate of authenticity that tells a story about the habitat, uses and history of the species featured.
When a series is completed, I emboss and number the work. You will be shipped the next in numerical order.
paper size: 556w x 760h (deckle (natural torn) edge)
printed image size: 460w x 620h
paper stock: Somerset Satin 300gsm.
Limited Edition of 7
For further sizing information and diagrams please see the print sizing page.
Important information on colour
Every effort has been made to ensure that the colour tones represented here reflect the tones in the real artwork. There are however, variances between display screens across different devices so the artwork may not display exactly accurately on your device. If this is a concern to you it is best to email before purchase for advice on colour.
For other sizes in this design there are reproductions here.