Jim Downie Tag

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1978
8 x 16.6cm, 2pp. A card with two abstract drawings by Jim Downie - one representing the romantic interest of Wordsworth (trees) and the other the Dazzle form of camouflage invented by Edward Wadsworth to help defend ships at sea. Finlay clearly enjoys the slight change in spelling between the names and the resulting hard edge vs organic images. VG+.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1977
22.9 x 28.8cm, blue on white paper in folded 6pp blue folder. Nine warships all of the Flower Class corvette class. The names of the ships were all after flowerrs. The print asks the owner to "fill in the Flowers with colours from the palette below" - the 'colours' are all words such as "fragrant", "open", "erect", "drooping" obviously not actual colours. The idea came from a work from Tom and Laurie Clark of the Moschatel Press (who were friends of Finlay).
This is one of 350 signed and numbered copies on the inside of the folder. Two slight faint marks at bottom of the print else VG in like folder.

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Little Sparta: Wild Hawthorn Press, n.d. (1976)
15.3 x 15.3cm, blue on white ceramic tile with a design by Jim Downie (who later fell out with Finlay by the way the image had been used) - the text reads "TREE-SHELLS. Instructions: Apply ear to Tree-Shell. Listen for lakes." This is a blue on white variant - there are also green on white tiles.

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