Please note the date on this picture. It is the earliest surviving coloured picture I ever did.

For the benefit of those too young to remember 1965, it was the year when Sir Winston Churchill died, Malcolm X was assassinated, The Sound of Music premiered, Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston, Bob Dylan went electric and released Like A Rolling Stone, The Beatles performed the first stadium concert in the history of rock, playing at Shea Stadium in New York, Tom & Jerry premiered, The Beatles released Rubber Soul and fifteen-year-old Dave Edwards made this lino-print :)

I did this while I was still at school and it is of the many colliery villages around here where rows of identical houses were lined up near a colliery for the workers to live in.

I am a retired man who enjoys expressing himself in pencils and paints. I have had two solo exhibitions in my home town and I love Redbubble. I get as much pleasure from viewing the works of other artists as from creating my own.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    This reminds me a lot of woodblock prints. Very well done. And after reading your note, I wasn’t too far off. :o)

  • Thanks Bunny. I am almost 61 and I was only 15 when I did this. I just included it for nostalgia value. Someone is bound to ask if I have started doing lino prints :) I don’t thank anyone reads the dates and yet I have dated everything I have ever put on Redbubble.


  • Rebekah  McLeod
    Rebekah McLeodabout 4 years ago

    this is interesting i like it. reminds me of folk art just a bit

  • Thanks. I was fifteen and still at school, so I suppose it is folk art.


  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous dave..great lino print..you could do more..?
    well done!

  • Thanks. From what I remember it is messy :) Phew – 46 years ago, before you were born. That makes me feel like an ancient monument.


  • Lenka
    Lenkaabout 4 years ago

    Fifteen year old? Wow! I’m really impressed!
    Oh yes, I do read the dates so I saw this is an archival print ;) We’ll see what remains of my photographs after 25 years or so. But I don’t think I would have any photos from that age that I would be really proud of…

  • Yes – forty-six years ago … when dinosaurs roamed the earth :)


  • Martin Williamson (©cobbybrook)
    Martin William...about 4 years ago

    This is great Dave! I love lino and wood block printing – you should really consider doing more my friend.

  • Thanks. I haven’t done any for 44 years.


  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    I love this Dave,
    1965 was the year Ian Smith, PM of Rhodesia, declared UDI and I landed up in Zambia.
    I was brought up in a pit village called Nelson Village. Half the houses were like this.
    Cheers Neil

  • Thanks ever so Neil; I only put it on Redbubble for the nostalgic reason that it is probably the oldest existing picture of mine. It was when we were studying for the Northern Counties Exams (the one we took before advancing on to GCE). I can’t really remember my inspiration for this, but most likely to have been Isabella Colliery, Blyth. I am quite familiar with Nelson Village; it is very pleasant.


  • Eldon Ward
    Eldon Wardabout 4 years ago

    Good stuff, Dave. I was recently contacted by someone whose parents somehow ended up with a painting I did as a teenager in the late 60’s. He sent me a digital image that I will NOT be posting on RedBubble. Lets just say I wan not in your league at 15.

  • Thanks. Kids nowadays are in a much higher league than we were. I have seen art done by fourteen year olds that I couldn’t attempt now.


  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Super bit of nostalgia Dave, not something you would use as a subject now, thanks to Maggie, you would find it hard to find a colliery …

  • Thanks – that’s one thing we have lots of at our ages – nostalgia.


  • Yool
    Yoolabout 4 years ago

    Excellent work !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Many thanks.


    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Excellent printing Dave !
    I was 13 at the time and a job in the pits was almost an option for me, when I left school. Fortunatley I changed my mind !

  • Many of my ancestors were coal miners George. My father was a Bevan boy but left the collieries when he was about 22.


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