Etching : Flax Pods Gothic

Patricia Howitt

Kaeo, New Zealand

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This is an etching print, inked from a plate. New Zealand Flax is It is totally unlike the Flax-plant known to Europeans, except in the strength and usefulness of the fibre. It has been said that if a farmer has flax on his farm he is never stuck for a piece of almost unbreakable twine.

The flowers are carried on tall stems 6 to 8 feet long, with branchlets carrying an array of flowers along each branch. When the flowers die and the seed pods are formed they are dark and shiny and about 3 inches long. As everything dries out, the whole head becomes a great pattern of twisted, dark, almost mediaeval shapes – quite fascinating. I have tried to capture that feel here.

Etching 5 × 4 in.

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