aMY JEFFS

Printmaking - art history - Medieval Studies

See the Geoffrey of Monmouth Series

See the Mythical Places Series

Researching medieval English history books inspired me to make prints. These manuscripts contain stories that were once well-known, integral to people’s everyday lives and to their sense of heritage and community. The period I study ends, more or less, with the advent of the printing press in the 15th century. Manuscripts are handwritten books and for most of their thousand-year heyday in the West, they were illustrated manually. Re-imagining these stories in linocut recalls woodcut, a medium that heralded an era of mechanical reproduction.

Each collection is shown above in the pages entitled ‘Geoffrey’s Historia’ and ‘Mythical Places’. Each image is accompanied by an excerpt from the original text. In the simplest terms, these are pieces of wall art, appropriate gifts for literature-lovers, medievalists, historians, archaeologists, folklorists, goddesses, traitors, magicians… If you would like to purchase a print, just contact me via email!

I am completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge and I produce my prints at the Black Pig Printmaking Studio. Regular updates can be found via my Twitter and Instagram.