Saturday, June 06, 2015


It was Bill Garnett's inspired idea. He invited some artist/printmakers (including me) to create two prints each illustrating twelve haikus written by Nicolas McDowall and published by the Old Stile Press in 2000 as a miniature book

The project was intended as a surprise gift to celebrate 30 years of the Old Stile Press, but the surprise was that Nicolas would receive the blocks and print them himself. We all chose the months/haikus we would turn into relief prints (I took February and August) and, in the fullness of time, everything was created, completed, signed, sealed and delivered, to everyone's joy and satisfaction. 

I am proud to be part of this imaginative undertaking and delighted with the result. Bill Garnett deserves our applause for the care, attention and energy he poured into organising this project and of course Nicolas and Frances and their Old Stile Press deserve celebration every day.

Below are photos of my two prints and the intro sheets below. Bill Garnett, Angela Lemaire and John Abell have also posted on FaceBook about Be Still: the response of friends.