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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.

Sacred Tomato

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.

Sacred Tomato


Sacred Tomato


"Sacred Tomato"

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

Crowing Hens Bindery (Mary Louise Sullivan), 2015

Limited Edition of 35


Vibrantly colored heart-shaped tomato consumed by sacred fires, embraced by intertwined tomato vines. The tomato is considered both a tomato and a fruit, and to some the quintessential produce of the home gardener. From bud to maturity, this "Australian Red" heirloom tomato grows in the shape of a heart, no doubt to capture our own while nourishing our bodies and agrarian tendencies.


"Sacred Tomato" Linocut is printed from 1 block onto acid free Mohawk Superfine paper in black offset lithography ink. This is NOT a digitally reproduced print. 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 rich colorfast gouache pigments. *Because it is colored 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.

All artwork is © 2015 Mary Louise Sullivan. All Rights Reserved.

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