‘Lily and the Kids’ – In the Deep, Dark Forests of Europe

'Lily and the Kids', 2012, Biro drawing and vintage German postcard, by Jane Lee McCracken (postcard Artist's own collection bought on Ebay)

‘Lily and the Kids’, by Jane Lee McCracken, 2012, quilt square design, blue and black Biro drawing and vintage German postcard of Der Wolf und die sieben Geißlein

Once upon a time there lived a Woodcutter in a cottage, deep in the forests of Europe, who collected images and objects.  No one ever saw the Woodcutter for he was a recluse and preferred the company of the forest animals rather than people.  But he saw everything, the good and the bad.  At first life and death as Nature intended and in time, life and death in Man’s own way.  The Woodcutter’s only companion was a television set where he gained his knowledge of the world outside the forests through film.  The forest animals came and went over time, the people and the wars.  And in response to all he saw in the forests and on the screen he made art – drawings and objects to remember the animals and people by and to ask ‘WHY?'”

‘Lily and the Kids’ is the first of a quintet of quilt squares specifically designed for ‘The Woodcutter’s Quilt’ which was part of the installation for ‘The Woodcutter’s Cottage’ Exhibition.  The quintet was created using black, blue and colour Biro drawings, vintage postcards bought on Ebay from my own collection and stills from Russian animation films.

'The Woodcutter's Quilt', 2012, transfers on calico, hand embroidery and black silk by Jane Lee McCracken

‘The Woodcutter’s Quilt’, 2012, transfers on calico, hand embroidery and black silk by Jane Lee McCracken

The other four squares include:

‘Bear’

'Bear', 2012, colour Biro drawing and vintage German Postcard by Jane Lee McCracken (Postcard Artist's own collection bought on Ebay)

‘Bear’, by Jane Lee McCracken, 2012, quilt square design, colour Biro drawing and vintage German postcard of Snow White

‘Ice Fox’

'Ice Fox', 2012, colour Biro drawing and digital montage of Ivan Bilibin postcard by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Ice Fox’, by Jane Lee McCracken, 2012, quilt square design, colour Biro drawing and Ivan Bilibin postcard

‘Siberian Tiger’

'Siberian Tiger', 2012, colour Biro drawing and digital montage of Ivan Bilibin postcard by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Siberian Tiger’, Jane Lee McCracken, 2012, quilt square design, colour Biro drawing and Ivan Bilibin postcard

‘Doll, Pink Boris and the Rabbit’

'Doll, Pink Boris and The Rabbit', 2012 colour Biro drawing and montage of Artist's still of the animation 'Fox and Rabbit' by Yuri Norstein, by Jane Lee McCracken

‘Doll, Pink Boris and The Rabbit’, Jane Lee McCracken, 2012, quilt square design, colour Biro drawing and Artist’s still of the animation ‘Fox and Rabbit’ by Yuri Norstein, 1973

‘Lily and the Kids’ and ‘Bear’ limited edition Archival Pigment Prints made by the excellent Jack Lowe Studio are sold with profits donated to the Wolves and Humans Foundation

‘Ice Fox’ and ‘Siberian Tiger’ limited edition Archival Pigment Prints also made by Jack Lowe Studio are sold with profits donated to the Born Free Foundation

For further information on prints please visit my website 

HAPPY BURNS DAY!

And to the Haggis,

“Fair fa’ your honest, soncie face,

Great Chieftain o’ the puddin race”

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