Bird's Nest. 4 x 3 in. Original linoleum block print on fine art paper by Natalia Wohletz of Peninsula Prints. Limited edition print run of 20. While originals of this print are sold out, the design is still available on greeting cards (individual, boxed sets of six or as customized sets with a personal message inside).
Bird's Nest is an adorable five-color reduction linoleum block print of a bird nest housing two eggs hidden among plants in a garden. Bird Nest is one of three prints so far in Natalia's Little Natural Treasures series, which explores small, overlooked natural phenomena that have the ability to bring great joy. Prints in the series include: Wild Raspberries and Morel Mushrooms. The print was created in a repetitive carve-print cycle in which every new color must be carved out of the block.
About the artist:
Draw. Carve. Print. Those are the three steps Michigan artist Natalia Wohletz takes to create linoleum block prints. After carving her first block in fall 2014, printmaking immediately became her passion. She enjoys exploring printmaking’s place on the border between art and craft, and the challenge of flipping traditional positive-negative space techniques when creating her work.
Natalia is inspired by Michigan's natural landscapes and wildlife. Many of her designs showcase scenes of Mackinac Island where she spent her childhood exploring the woods and lakeshore. Natalia's prints have been featured in ArtPrize and juried art exhibitions throughout Michigan. Her print, Trail Lookout, earned the Grand Prize in the 2019 Contemporary Art Exhibition at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Island Art Museum. For every card and original print sold, Natalia makes a donation to the Mackinac Island Community Foundation to support the arts and environmental initiatives.