Yellow-Tufted Dacnis fine art linoleum block letterpress print
I was asked by my friends at On Hand Lotions if I'd be interested in a collaboration. They are developing a very fun, limited edition line of soaps. Each label will feature the work of a different artist, and a portion of the sales will go towards a charity. (I’ll add a link here when they are ready for sale). I loved the idea, and wanted to do a print that could also raise money. My soap will benefit Rainforest Trust, and $5 of every print sold will be donated as well.
Given my charity, I decided I wanted to do a print of a bird that is only found in the Amazon. I was immediately drawn to the black-faced dacnis, which lives in Brazil. However, I then spotted a variant- the yellow-tufted dacnis. Turquoise AND yellow on one bird?! Heck yeah! I just couldn’t resist putting those striking colors into a print. The hot pink circles were inspired by some of the brightly colored flowers it feeds on. My print ended up with 5 colors, 2 of which got a “double hit” (I fed it through the press twice to intensify the pigment). That means each print went through the press 7 times!
While learning about the habitat for this little guy, I discovered he lives in Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena - a biodiverse hotspot found in the north western coast of South America, and into Panama. Then I read this:
Whereas the Panamanian and Colombian portion of the hotspot are relatively intact, approximately 98% of native forest in coastal Ecuador has been cleared, rendering it the most threatened tropical forest in the world.*
Suddenly it became an even more appropriate choice of bird for this project.
Print measures 8" wide x 10" tall
Printed on Cranes Fluorescent white paper (acid-free), a premium 100% cotton paper
Printed from wood cut and reduction linocut blocks
Signed and numbered limited edition of 185
As with all hand printed items, variations in color and texture may occur.