To make this image, the Woolworth workshop introduced Swiss artist Gilgian Gelzer to an extremely demanding technique known as reduction woodcut, in which a print is produced in several colours from a single block. Preliminary trials, going back or making corrections, are completely impossible; artist and printer collaborate in a way that is intuitive but extremely precise. After a first drawing was carved into the board and printed in yellow, Gelzer carved back into the same board, which was then used to print on top in red, then repeated this process in successive, interlocking layers until a total of seven colours had been built up.
Height 124 cm
Width 100 cm