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Original Handprinted Linocuts

I've always enjoyed working in a creative space whether it was in music, song or the written word. Producing something with my hands and the imagination has always been a great pleasure and when the pandemic hit last year, I suddenly had time to try out printmaking and became "hooked" immediately. I take my inspiration from nature, music, poetry and people.

Below is a selection of prints available to buy on our shop page

They can also be bought on www.PayPal.Me/pernillequigg just add message with your address and the name of the print.

They are also available on my Etsy shop however at a higher price as they charge a few extra fees 

This original lino print is titled simply "Mother and Child" (Danish title "Mor og Barn") It depicts the loving bond between a mother and her child, reminiscent of the classic Madonna and Child but here there are no halos, just love.

Variation (red ink)  The print was cut in marmoleum (a flooring material very similar to linoleum) and handprinted with a spoon using Caligo safe wash ink. The paper I have used for this print is lightweight Japanese Shoji paper. It is a limited edition print, as there will be no more than 100 prints in each variation, there are currently two colours available red and blue, the prints are all numbered, titled and signed by me. The prints are unique and may therefore have slight variations, however only the best prints are selected.  

"The Fisher Lass" /"Fisker pigen" This print was inspired by an image on a painted tile outside a house I came across years ago on the Spanish island, Mallorca, and so it ought to have the title "La Pescadora". The naive style is obviously far from realism but quite a joyful image of bringing home the catch of the day.

The print was cut in traditional grey linoleum and handprinted using a metal spoon, using Caligo safe wash process blue (cyan) ink and white acid free Snowden paper (130mg). The print comes in dark or light blue. It is a limited edition print as it will never exceed 100 original prints, all numbered and signed by me.  

This is an original hand-burnished lino print showing the feeding of a young starling. It is titled "Listen to the little Starling" in Danish "Hør den lille Stær", which is the title of a Danish children's song. The song praises the simplicity and freedom of the bird's life and it was always one of my favourite songs as a child.

The print was cut in traditional grey linoleum and handprinted using a metal spoon, using Caligo safe wash cyan blue ink and white acid free Snowden paper (130mg). It is a limited edition as it will never exceed 100 original prints, all prints are numbered and signed by me. 

A limited edition original lino print "Silent Sparrow"/"Spurven sidder stum bag kvist", the inspiration for this print is taken from an old Danish song written by Jeppe Aakjær. The song is reminiscing days gone by with the mother at the spinningwheel and winter lying heavy on the land. The print shows a sparrow as seen through a window in a winter landscape.

The print was carved in traditional lino and handprinted using Caligo Safewash relief ink in cyan blue, burnished by hand using a spoon on white 130mg Snowden acid free paper. The size of the paper is A4 and print itself measures 15.4 cm x 20.4 cm. It is a limited edition print, no more than a 100 will be printed. 

"An Eternity of Hope"/"En Evighed af Håb" is the title of this flower print of a blue anemone. The Danish title are words from an old song "Den blå Anemone". The song is a celebration of the force of life, which the writer found in this little flower originally grown in the warm rich soil of Lolland, however to the writer's surprise, it survives in the harsh conditions of Jutland. An emblem so to speak of resilience and hope, something we all need.

The print was cut in traditional grey linoleum and handprinted using a metal spoon, using Caligo safe wash process blue (cyan) ink and white acid free Snowden paper (130mg). It is a limited edition print as it will never exceed 100 original prints, all numbered, titled, and signed by me. 

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This is an original lino cut of a blackbird sitting on the branches of a flowering tree. The blackbird has always been my favourite singer, since, as a child, I listened to it singing from the treetops in the evening when all other voices had grown quiet.

The design was sketched and carved by hand into the linoleum then inked up with Caligo safe wash black ink and printed by handburnishing onto an A5 size Snowden or Kent acid free paper. Each print is an original and unique and may therefore have slight variations due to the fact that it is printed by hand and not machine made. There is a variation available on mintgreen Nepalese Lokta paper, and the print is also available with a handpainted watercolour wash.

 Below are also examples of the print available as a greeting card.

This lino cut is named “triskelion” and is an ancient design dating back to the Neolithic period, it seems to have many symbolic meanings but certainly the design could reflect the cycle of nature. The design was used by the Celts also to symbolise movement and competition.


The design was drawn by hand, transferred to the linoleum and carved and inked up. Then using the back of a spoon the image was printed on to the cards, therefore each one may have slight variations as it is an original print. The inks used a caligo safe wash relief printing ink.
The cards come printed in green, red or black ink. They come in two sizes, there is a white A6 size card and a larger natural brown card available.
The design is also available as an A5 sige print.

“The Fox” is a lino print which shows a fox in the foreground with the town or cityscape in the background. It is inspired by a fox I saw running down the road in the town where I live. Although it’s  not unusual that foxes are seen in the city, it still seems quite exciting to see wildlife so close at hand. It also inspired the song of same name, which will be available on the next album with the Quiggs. (The lyrics for the song are below.)

The Lino cut is an original and handprinted with the back of a spoon and may therefore have slight variations. It is printed with caligo safe wash relief ink and is available as an A5 size print in black or red ink and as an A6 size greeting card in black ink.

“The Fox”
I watch her saunter down the street
Her watchful eye light on her feet
The moon too far away to care
The lazy lamplight stand and stare
I thought your home was far from here.

And from the corner of my eye 
I see the cars are flying by
A coat of fur as red as rust
Exotic as the desert dust
I thought your home was far from here.

I thought the forest was your home 
The morning fields for prey you’d roam
Yet here you stand and catch my eye
As if to say this place was mine
And once your home was far from here.

"Reflections" is the name of this print showing a swan gazing in the lake below. The swan is the Danish national bird and of course there are links to the famous Ugly Duckling fairytale written by the legendary Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. 

It is an A4 size print, handprinted in black caligo safewash ink on Acid free paper. There may be slight variations as each print is an original and printed by hand.

This is an handprinted lino cut simply named ‘Joy’ as it depicts a playful moment between a man and a boy/ father and son.

It comes in two variations, an orange/red or green. The prints are all unique as they are handprinted and the colours are blended to different degrees. The paper is A4 size white acid free Snowden and the ink used is caligo safe wash. The prints are all numbered, titled and signed by me and it is a limited edition print of 25.
This lino print is a west highland white terrier, or westie, a breed of dog from Scotland, known for it’s distinctive white coat unless of course it’s been rolling in mud😉 A friendly, adventurous, fun dog breed, the print is an original and was inspired by my stepdaughter’s westie pup, Luna.
The lino print has been cut in traditional grey linoleum, inked up using caligo safe wash relief ink and handprinted onto acid free Kent paper. There may be slight variations as each print is handprinted using the back of a spoon to transfer the ink onto the paper.
If you would like the print personalised with your dog’s name on it just send me a message.

This lino print is a limited edition, reduction print. There are two variations of this print the bumblebee on wood, which is an edition of 6 prints and the bumblebee with honeycomb an edition of 5 prints.
The importance of bees in our natural world has come to our attention in a more general way in later years as we have finally realised how dependent the human race is on these little creatures. The pesticides used in farming caused a decline in the bee populations which is not only tragic for the animals themselves, but we need these little pollinators to help grow our food.
I have always liked the sound of the buzzing bumblebees on lazy summer afternoons and hope to still hear them many years from now.
The honey comb print is cut in lino, whereas for the print with the wooden background I used a piece of wood which was initially scorched with a flame to bring out the wood grain. Then it was cleaned and finally inked up and printed on to the paper. The lino cut bee was printed in 3 layers afterwards using caligo safe wash relief ink and Snowden acid free paper. As it is a reduction print it is not possible to make any further prints.

"Wings of Gold" is an original lino print showing a flock of seagulls in flight across the ocean as the sun is setting. This image is inspired by the song of the same name. See lyrics below. 
It is cut in traditional grey lino and printed on white Kent acid free paper using Caligo safewash black ink. It is an open edition, and due to its handprinted nature slight variations may exist.

"Julefugl" is a Christmas card print of a little bird. It's printed with black caligo safewash on white A6 size cards or 5x7 brown cards.
Wings of Gold

Black silhouettes sailing on stormy skies
caught twixt the darkness and light
an emerald ocean stretches wide
 a sailor who drowns just out of sight

Wings of gold
 as the sun strikes the last match and goes down in flames
the clear sky brings the cold
Swift flying arrows of tempered steel 
the archer he stretches his bow
a blustery kiss from the Northwest wind 
the songbird sleeps so too the sparrow

The crescent moon only hangs constant
hooked on the drapery behind
still it moves as it guides your path
always in the shade of borrowed light
"Jul" is a Scandinavian style Christmas card. The braided heart which is made of coloured paper and hung on the Christmas tree is a Danish tradition possibly originally invented by the famous writer Hans Christian Andersen. 
It is printed on 5x7 size brown cards with Caligo safewash ink.
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