The Ogham Stone
Collagraphs are created by building up layers of different textures on a flat surface and varnishing to produce a 'plate'. This can then be used to create prints in variant colours. The plates are used for a limited edition of 25 prints.
This work is based on one of Ireland's most ancient recorded stories 'The Recovery of the Táin' from the Book of Leinster. The Táin Bó Cúailnge (the Cattle Raid of Cooley) was one of Ireland's greatest tales featuring heroes like Fergus Mac Roich and Cu Chulainn. It was said that the story was forgotten but recovered by a poet when he sat by the ogham stone marking the grave of Fergus. Ogham writing is the earliest form of writing used by the Celts and appears on stones across Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England. The writing on the stone in this illustration is 'Vergoso' the old irish form of Fergus which means 'The Strength of Man'.
Read our version of The Recovery of the Tain here