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Nashville, Tennessee 37211

Crowing Hens Bindery is a one-woman bindery and letterpress print shop that specializes in traditional handmade blank books, letterpress printed stationery, limited edition fine art prints, unique book jewelry & letterpress-printed decorative papers. As the owner of a Nashville-based private business, I do my best to honor the heritage of fine craft and art that saturates my community and region. All of my products are designed and made by hand in Nashville, Tennessee from high quality materials available using traditional bookbinding techniques. I aspire to create beautiful, useful work that becomes a part of your everyday life.

Captain - calavera sugar skull - hand colored linocut

Art Prints

Bookbinding is my passion, and printmaking is my obsession. I am constantly challenging the limits of detail that I can achieve by carving into linoleum. I pull each print one at a time on antique presses and print on archival paper using offset lithography inks and colorfast pigments.

Captain - calavera sugar skull - hand colored linocut


Captain - calavera sugar skull - hand colored linocut



8.5" x 11" Hand Colored Linocut Print on Mohawk Superfine

Crowing Hens Bindery (Mary Louise Sullivan), 2016

Limited Edition of 100

"Captain" is a calavera study and features symbols that characterize this WWII US Army captain, my Grandpa. Captain Sullivan was also a silver Star recipient, tea rose master gardener, bridge life master, and more.

"Captain" Linocut is printed from 1 block onto acid free Mohawk Superfine paper in black offset lithography ink. After drawing my original design onto a linoleum block, the image is hand-carved and is then printed by hand on an antique press. The image is then colored by hand using a spectrum of vibrant colors.

*Because each print it is colored one at a time by hand there may be some variation in the coloring.

Prints are packed in celo sleeves with archival backing. Each print is signed, titled, and numbered. These prints ship flat in a stiff cardboard mailer. 

**Sale of this item does not transfer rights to the artwork whatsoever.
All artwork is © 2016 Mary Louise Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

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