This 11 x 14 letterpress print is the state flower of Texas, which is the Bluebonnet.
The idea for this states series came from a quote I read when traveling through the beautifully flowered highways in East Texas near Austin. The quote is by Lady Bird Johnson which reads, “Where flowers bloom so does hope.” I found that quote to be truly inspiring, and the starting point for all of my state flower illustrations. As First Lady, Lady Bird started a beautification project to improve conditions in Washington D.C. by planting millions of flowers. She also was instrumental in promoting the Highway Beautification Act, which sought to beautify the nation’s highway system. What a neat lady!
Each original illustration of mine is a marriage of both the state shape and state flower.
Out of inspiration from Lady Birds’ quote, each print comes with a small pouch of wildflower seeds with her quote printed on the outside. The seeds are just a little gift to encourage you or another person to beautify an area that may need some help, with a dash of wildflower seeds to start.
The color scheme chosen for the series was based around the actual flowers themselves. The yellow prints are all flowers that have a yellow to slight orange color, the red prints are all flowers that fall into the pink to red color, the green prints have flowers that are green and/or white, and the blue prints all have blooms of a violet to blue color. I chose to keep a simple palette when developing the colors.
To print my drawings, plates had to be made to load onto my large Chandler + Price Letterpress. Each print was printed one at a time by hand and lots of love. This print is printed with archival rubber-based ink on thick 110lb paper. Each print is signed by me.
The print measures 11 inches by 14 inches, which is an easy to find standard frame size!
All items are shipped in a cellophane sealed bag with cardboard backing in a flat mailer or box to ensure the items make it to you undamaged. All orders are shipped via USPS (unless I note otherwise) from Mississippi! If you would like confirmation, tracking or faster shipping, please contact me prior to placing your order so that we can calculate shipping costs.