Harvest Time - a hand stitched collage made from my linocuts and woodcuts printed on Irish linen.
There are many traditions in Ireland around harvest time.
Farmers used to leave a small part of the crop standing as a refuge for wildlife.
The last stook to be cut was brought into the farmhouse for the harvest home supper which was a night of celebration for the end of the harvest and the crops safely gathered in. This stook would have been kept in the house until the following year.
I use different types of linen, some very old, to make my collages. I sew the pieces together by hand using a variety of stitches and embroidery techniques.