Prelo

Woodblock Prints

Gallery of diverse handmade woodblock prints, printed on our 15th-century reproduction Printing Press.

Typographia ars omnium conservatrix
Typographia ars omnium conservatrix
Typographia ars omnium conservatrix
Vaticinium Ex Eventum
Vaticinium Ex Eventum
Vaticinium Ex Eventum
Vaticinium Ex Eventum
Vaticinium Ex Eventum
Swabian_chronicle_Prelo
Swabian_chronicle_Prelo
Swabian_chronicle_Prelo
Swabian_chronicle_Prelo
Swabian_chronicle_Prelo
St. Birgitta
St. Birgitta

Typographia ars omnium conservatrix


"Typography is the art of preserving all arts" ‒  Woodcut print on hand-made linen laid paper from Ruscombe Paper Mill


Linden wood block. The quote is from the inscription on the facade of the house once occupied by Laurent Koster at Haarlem. The graphics and type are inspired by the title page of the

Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles or Schedel's World History).



Size: 300x210mm (A4) 

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Print isn't dead!

Vaticinium Ex Eventum


Woodblock print with an illustration based on an original from 1490 by Jorg Glockendon, a woodblock cutter, printer, and painter from Nuremberg.


Linden woodblock. Printed using a reproduction 15th-century hand press, on high-quality French handmade linen laid paper from Ruscombe Paper Mill.


The colored version is hand-painted with vermillion, yellow ochre, malachite+verdigris, and umbra.



Size: 320x230mm

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Knight from the Swabian Chronicle


This woodcut print is based on an original illustration from the so-called Swabian Chronicle, originally printed in 1486 by Konrad Dinckmut in Ulm, Germany.


This illustration was cut on a block of linden wood, and handprinted on handmade rag-laid paper, also made in the Prelo workshop.


While cutting this block, I kept thinking that many areas were probably not deep enough, but I was wrong. The first try was the final result. Don’t get me wrong, there are a couple of fails on the image, but they are part of the process (and charm!) and are easy to find in originals.

Size: 300x215mm

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Saint Birgitta of Vadstena


This print of St. Birgitta of Vadstena was initially made for the event "Birgitta Festival" in Maribo, Denmark, commemorating the life of the famous late medieval saint.


Image cut on a linden woodblock, based on an original from the 15th century. The first run was printed on linen-laid paper from the extinct Griffen Paper Mill (Old Cleeve 115 gms).


The current edition is handprinted on heavy-weight handmade laid paper, made in Fabriano, Italy. 


Size: 135x195mm

Available in the shop.