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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.

"You have nice hair..."- Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150

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.

"You have nice hair..."- Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150


"You have nice hair..."- Letterpress printed linocut portrait - signed & numbered limited edition of 150


“You have nice hair. Why cut it all off?”

Letterpress printed linocut. Signed & numbered limited edition of 150. 

Image area 3.75" x 6" printed on 5.5" x 8.5" acid free Mohawk Via paper.

Completed January 2019.

Hair is for many a deeply personal appendage, one that helps to shape and sometimes conflict with identity. “You have nice hair. Why cut it all off?" is a phrase often heard by women who voice plans to alter their appearance be removing perhaps the most quintessential and recognizable “female” accessory, long hair.

As an individual whose hair has occupied a full spectrum of lengths this phrase, while first offering a complement, this phrase questions the decision making of an intelligent adult, as if the choice to trim one’s locks is a revolutionary act, one of protest, and rebellion. Those who voice their own preferences by questioning or shaming a woman’s decisions to make choices about her own body and appearance often highlight the pressures for an individual to conform to desirable norm of femaleness by offering only a narrow description of the acceptable, purely visual ideal, as if there is little more to female-identifying souls than their appearance alone.

This image is copyright 2019 Mary Louise Sullivan. Purchase of this print does not transfer any rights to the image. This image may not be reused or reproduced in any way whatsoever.

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