Queenie1 - David Holah

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Artist Statement

David Holah

The Tudor inspired art work is a relief print of a collagraph I made for a collaboration to be used as a fabric print for a London based fashion designer collection for S/S 16 seen in London's fashion week. The design was used at different scales and in different colour tones to adorn a fabulous collection of dresses.

Having researched the V&A archive I was inspired to create the image based on the costume designs for Queen Elizabeth 1, it is not the first time i have referenced the V&A archive for Elizabethan inspired print work.

The work is made in the collage (collagraph) process which involves using many different found textural objects: textured fabrics and papers, eg. doilies, the back of coffee cup holders, net curtains these are all intricately put together to form the considered image, these are then carefully pasted on to mill board which has been cut to the specific shape, the work is then varnished with thin coats of shellac until the surface is hard and durable enough to be inked up using a roller and printed on a Bendini press.

The collagraph is an interesting artwork in itself, the print taken from it becomes an evolved extension of the original artwork.
This relief collagraph print has been printed on to a gold silhouette to accentuate the glory and magnificence of the monarch Queen Elizabeth1

Queenie1 - David Holah

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Queen Elizabeth I


Köln (city), Germany

1592 (printed)

Crispijn van de Passe the elder, born 1564 - died 1637 (engraver)


V&A collection reference number(s):
S.116-2001, P.9-1943, 622-1882, E.3000-1960

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