In the 1930s the artist and historian Marie Hartley carved exquisite woodblocks to illustrate her now classic books on Wensleydale, Swaledale and Wharfedale. Nearly ninety years on, Hester has reprinted the Marie Hartley engravings and created a collection of her own collagraph prints. Her prints of birds, flowers and Dales scenes have been inspired by re-tracing and repeatedly running along the paths which Marie Hartley walked.
The two-year project has come together in 'The View from the Fells - In the footsteps of Marie Hartley', a special exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum (DCM) in Hawes which continues until the 9th November 2020. Featuring 25 of Hester's new collagraphs, 15 wood engravings created by Marie Hartley and reprinted by Hester plus artefacts from both women's studios: sketchbooks, printing blocks, tools & photographs. Visits to the museum to see the exhibition can be booked HERE.
For the duration of the exhibition, all of the work is exclusively available from the Dales Countryside Museum. However, for those people that are unable to visit the museum but are interested in seeing the work, Hester has created an online exhibition here.
Anyone interested in buying a print should use the CONTACT form to enquire directly to Hester who can arrange the sale and delivery with commission paid to the museum.
NB Sizes are for image only, the prints invariably have at least 1 1/2" paper border surrounding image. 'Variable edition' means that there will be slight variations across the editions due to the nature of the hand printing process, these are often indiscernible to customers. Hester can send a photograph of the print available to be approved before purchase.
Hay Meadow, collagraph prints (waxed) on blocks in vintage type case, 32" x 14 1/4", variable edition of 10 (made to order), £1650
Waymarks: The Swale, collagraph, 25 1/4" x 5 7/8", Variable Edition of 25, £250
Waymarks: Kisdon, collagraph 25 1/4" x 5 7/8", Variable Edition of 25, £250
Waymarks: Semerwater, collagraph 25 1/4" x 5 7/8", Variable Edition of 25, £250
Waymarks: Plover Hill & Pen-y-Ghent, collagraph 25 1/4" x 5 7/8", Variable Edition of 25, £250
Waymarks: Birkdale, collagraph 25 1/4" x 5 7/8", Variable Edition of 25, £250