Work by Pauline Hann :: Poem by Gerda Stevenson

textile art

From Quines by Gerda Stevenson

Artist’s statement

“‘A Curious Herbal’ Muses

Elizabeth Blackwell, née Blachrie, born Aberdeen, 1707?, died London, 1758; the first British woman to produce a herbal, and the first woman to engrave as well as draw plants; eloped from Aberdeen to London with her profligate husband; raised money to pay his debts and release him from debtors’ prison by creating and selling her much needed reference book, A Curious Herbal, documenting the medicinal properties of plants and herbs, including her own illustrations.” Gerda Stevenson

This piece of work reflects a line from this evocative poem by Gerda. I have used hand painting, digital print and hand embroidery. The little books are based on the subsequent iterations of her wonderful illustrations.