An Ode to Gingerbread - Mini Screen Print
✷ Limited Edition of 25 ✷
6 x 5.75 inches
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This print has two colors - there is a subtle gold that was printed first, which makes the stars and other details shimmer a bit. Then the black was printed in top. Hand printed by the artist, Kjersti Faret, on kraft brown archival paper. Numbered and signed by her as well.
It will be shipped safely with a cardboard insert to insure sturdiness and a plastic sleeve to also protect it.
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I watched a documentary called “Gingerbread Journeys” that absolutely made me fall in love with its history. They focused a lot on the middle ages and modern day gingerbread shops that still incorporate the old traditions. I love that gingerbread production was dependent on the skills of many craftsmen. You have the person who travels around to bakers carving intricate wooden molds, the bee keepers who harvest the honey and wax and the bakers themselves who perfect recipes through the years. The wooden molds are what fascinate me the most, I suppose because I’m a printmaker! These beautifully carved molds have dough pressed into them, which hold the shape and even the tiniest of details once removed. Then you bake and there’s really no need to decorate because they’re so wonderful on their own (but of course sugar work was introduced at one point). In the medieval period, spices were expensive and therefore saved for special occasions. For winter holidays gingerbread cookies also popular to give as a gift because it was much easier to share amongst friends than distributing multiple pies or cakes. The very first gingerbread man is credited to Queen Elizabeth who commissioned gingerbread versions of herself and her courtiers (which just kills me - I want to make gingerbread versions of my friends and watch them eat it now). They’re beautiful works of art and much more ornate than the simple gingerbread men we often see today. When it comes to the recipes there are many variations, but the ingredients that appear to be most common (and that are my favorite) are honey, ginger, clove and cinnamon so I incorporated them around the edges. After feeling very inspired by the carved wood molds, I created my own illustration incorporating motifs from my favorite historic ones. Maybe one day I’ll carve my own mold!
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