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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.

Preorder for Saint Augustine of Hippo - signed and numbered limited edition woodcut

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.

Preorder for Saint Augustine of Hippo - signed and numbered limited edition woodcut

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Preorder for Saint Augustine of Hippo - signed and numbered limited edition woodcut

125.00

Carved as a concept cover for my binding submission for the Uppercase magazine’s binding project for Print/Maker, this woodcut is an original design for Saint Augustine of Hippo, the patron saint of printmakers.

The design centers around the image of Saint Augustine of Hippo in ornate Bishop’s vestment, an African saint and Doctor of the Church who was converted later in life and is heralded as an early Christian theologian and philosopher. The latin phrase ‘da mihi castitatem et continentiam, sed noli modo’ which translates to ‘give me chastity and continence, but not yet’ is taken from “Confessions.” An autobiography and one of his best known works, he details his sinfulness as a young man and his later conversion and struggle to maintain his morality and chastity, acknowledging the duality of man.

Icons that are attributed to him include a flaming heart pierced by an arrow, a quill from which lightening (divine inspiration) flows, a book, a maquette, and an ornate crossier.

A signed and numbered limited edition will be letterpress printed from the front cover in black offset lithography ink. The block measures 9.25” x 6.75”. Once the edition has been printed, the block will be struck and permanently laced onto the book.

All images are C. 2019 Mary Louise Sullivan and may not be reproduced without explicit written permission from the artist. Sale of the art does not grant rights to the image

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