Happiness is a screen printed hand axe.
My wife bought me a hand axe several years ago. I think it was a Christmas present. Over the years I kind of took it for granted. Once, after a few too many sherbets I nearly took my thumb off with it whilst enthusiastically cutting a ‘bit more wood for the fire’, in the near dark, on our back door step.
I learned from that experience, and have not attempted to cut wood with an axe whilst drunk in the dark since. A hand axe has to be respected. We moved house recently and the hand axe has found a new place – up on the mantle piece, sat upside down and tucked just behind a light. Unintentionally it has become an Objet d’art. I admire its simplicity – made of only two components. And after thousands of years it hasn’t been superseded in the world of wood cutting. So I decided to do a screen print of it – 1/1 – scale, so that other people can share my joy and have a hand axe of their own.
This is the fifth installment of my 12x2014 series. I have no agenda –just to take an idea and apply it to a screen print. Do one every month in 2014 and initially print 12 of each design, using GFSmith Colourplan paper.