Peony Garden Letterpress Print, Ann Arbor 200

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It's peony season, and the Peony Garden at the Arb is in full bloom!

This limited edition art print celebrates the W. E. Upjohn Peony Garden, established at Nichols Arboretum in 1923.

Printed 101 years later, this letterpress art print was commissioned on the occasion of Ann Arbor 200 for the Ann Arbor Public Library.

The background imagery features my hand drawn peony blooms in chalk pastel, digitally reproduced on luxe archival cardstock.

The quote from W. E. Upjohn (from his self-published guide to peony collecting, circa 1927) is hand set in antique wood type & letterpress printed in copper-gold ink on a vintage press.

Limited edition of 30 hand-pulled prints, signed and numbered on the front, with a letterpress printed colophon describing the project on the back.

Print measures 9 x 12 inches on archival paper.

Signed and numbered limited edition of 30, with 4 artist’s proofs.

Of the editioned prints, 5 have been donated to the collection of the Ann Arbor District Library.

Available unframed.

Read about the process and the Ann Arbor 200 project on the Ann Arbor District Library website