Natalie Tweedie: Autumn Poppy

Released Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Autumn Poppy, by Natalie Tweedie.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Show Hope.

Natalie Tweedie lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Her love of drawing flowers was born from studying at the Scottish College of Textiles where she received a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles.

Organic, detailed, intricate – an abstract version of traditional flower and botanical studies with a contemporary use of line. The 19th century artist Jessie M. King inspired her distinctive line drawings, and Natalie uses the same fine Gillott crow-quill nib as King to attain gossamer ink lines.

Natalie produces work under the pseudonym Nebo Peklo, meaning “heaven hell”. She could not live without nature, the internet and her daughter Astrid's smile.

About the print:
This is the first letterpress print that I have produced of my line drawings. Letterpress suits my line work so well, and I love the textural qualities that the medium provides to my artwork. I worked with a great letterpress company in the UK called Blush Publishing to produce this print on 300gsm, 100% cotton paper. I chose colours that remind me of my favourite season, Autumn...

This is a four-color letterpress print on 300gsm Somerset Rough 100% cotton paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
I am inspired daily by my Flickr friends and the various artists and designers that I have discovered online. A few favourite artists that after many years have remained in my 'list' are Stina Persson, Lucy MacLeod, Julie Verhoeven, and Jessie M. King – all women who have produced beautiful line work.

Process drawing

Why did you choose to pair Show Hope with your print?
We are so lucky to have our daughter Astrid in our lives. She brings us so much joy that it seemed logical to select Show Hope as my charity.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
My work is also very inspired by the illustrator Ralph Steadman, who I had the pleasure to meet when he came to Edinburgh many years ago to discuss his gonzo illustrations for the writings of Hunter S. Thomson. He was so charismatic, charming, and funny that I would like to spend a day with him splashing some ink on paper...

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
I'm sure many are already aware of the work of this artist, but I love the balance in the artwork of Victor Pasmore. Please seek out his work if you are not familiar with it...

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