Tam Lin (Child #39) - Block print for Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer
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.
Tam Lin is an epic old english folk ballad that tells of a girl (Janet) who must hold onto her lover (Tam Lin) while he is transformed into many fearsome things by a spell he's under. Her love must prove stronger than her fear, if she is to win her lover back from this spell.
Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer just recorded their new arrangement of this song on their new album Child Ballads, which has 7 of the 300 or so songs collected in the 1890's by a Francis James Child. They asked me to illustrate each of the songs they recorded.
“And then I’ll change all in your arms
Into a lion bold
But hold me tight and fear me not
And you will love your child.”
ABOUT THE EDITION:
They are the exact size of LP record covers (12.375x12.375 inches).
Hand printed from my linoblocks in 3 water-based colors onto super-heavy Forestry Stewardship Certified paper.
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.