Image of Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
  • Image of Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
  • Image of Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
  • Image of Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
  • Image of Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

Riddles Wisely Expounded (Child #1) - Block Print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer

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This is a limited edition of 300 Linocut block prints. The prints are the exact size of LP record covers (12.375"x12.375" inches) for easy framing. They were hand-printed from hand-carved blocks in 3 water-based colors onto super-heavy Forestry Stewardship Council Certified paper. And I do mean heavy! Look at the image of the sheet next to a quarter dollar.

I was asked to create a print for each of the songs included on Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer’s album Child Ballads (2013), which features their new arrangements of traditional English Folk ballads collected in the late 19th century by the American scholar Francis James Child.

This song has several riddles posed within it, and the optical illusion (do you see it?) seemed to suit it. Variants of the lyrics to this ballad go back at least as far as 1450, but the first known tune was attached to it in 1719.



“May you always constant prove

Unto the one that you do love”

ABOUT THE EDITION

It felt really good to illustrate the songs using this technique which hasn’t changed much since the songs themselves were written. The hand-carved, hand-printed look lends itself to the look of “dark epic tapestry,” as Anaïs called it. Big thanks to Anaïs, Jefferson, and Anaïs’ manager Liz Riches, who helped me hone the ideas.