From the very first issue of Slightly Foxed we’ve championed the art of wood engraving as a form of book illustration and, over the years, have reproduced a wide variety of works by some of the best artists in the field. These richly detailed illustrations became so popular with our readers that we decided to give some of our favourite works a life outside the bounds of text illustration and, from the autumn 2014 issue, have run an occasional series of standalone features on engravers.
This Tawny Owl by Kathleen Lindsley was the first to be featured in our Slightly Foxed wood engravers series and we’re delighted to be able to share it here too.
About the contributor
Kathleen Lindsley was born in Gibraltar and studied fine art at Newcastle before she began engraving in 1974. She now lives on the Isle of Skye, where she and her partner have restored a croft at Colbost as both a studio and the Raven Press Gallery. Kathleen uses engraving to interpret and record the area in which she lives, and her prints beautifully evoke the landscape and wildlife of Skye. She uses blocks made of end-grain boxwood to make her engravings, and prints her designs on fine papers using an Albion hand press. She has produced illustrations for The Fleece, The Whittington Press and The Folio Society.