I have been continuing working on my gelli prints and have been developing the theme of gardens and enclosures. I have always had an interest in the history of gardens and I love the idea of them changing from practical enclosures for planting food and keeping animals into areas for pleasure and relaxation.
The stencil/mask is taken from an image of a Sumerian pictogram on a clay tablet dating from 3000BC. It's an extremely early representation of a garden with a tree planted in the middle of a triangular enclosure.
'Beyond the Enclosure'
If any one else is interested in this subject I have found some wonderful information and inspiration from two particular books - Penelope Hobhouse's 'Gardening Through the Ages' and 'The Invention of the Western Garden' by Vercelloni and Vercelloni.
I am linking up with WOYWW - why not nip over and see what's on other people's work desks this Wednesday!