Pretty Swallow Linocut Teatowel Design
This is a 100% cotton teatowel with a 'painting' digitally printed on it. I use collage techniques and the words of the famous 'Northamptonshire peasant poet' John Clare to create this piece. The poetry is printed in a range of colours and then cut, ripped, arranged and glued to make the final piece before being made into a teatowel. My inspiration comes not only from poetry but also from nature and the wonderful linocut printmaking that I admire. John Clare's poetry can also be read in the picture itself adding extra interest and detail to the design.
These teatowels arrive in a wrap presentation band and make an ideal gift. Each teatowel is 70x47cm in size and is printed on 100% cotton 230gsm Half Panama fabric.
The Swallow by John Clare
Pretty swallow, once again
Come and pass me in the rain.
Pretty swallow, why so shy? Pass again my window by.
The horsepond where he dips his wings,
The wet day prints it full of rings.
The raindrops on his track
Lodge like pearls upon his back.
Then again he dips his wing In the wrinkles of the spring,
Then oer the rushes flies again,
And pearls roll off his back like rain.
Pretty little swallow, fly
Village doors and windows by,
Whisking oer the garden pales
Where the blackbird finds the snails;
Whewing by the ladslove tree
For something only seen by thee;
Pearls that on the red rose hing
Fall off shaken by thy wing.
On that low thatched cottage stop,
In the sooty chimney pop,
Where thy wife and family
Every evening wait for thee.