These are limited-edition linoleum-block prints. They were reproduced as illustrations for Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters (Random House, 1996).
Those editions that have not been sold out are available for purchase. For more information and a list of available prints and prices, please see the Prints Price List page.
The process of making the prints is three part: drawing, carving and printing. It begins with a pencil drawing, which is transferred to linoleum blocks—a smooth layer of linoleum mounted on wood. The linoleum is carved with a knife and gouges to remove the negative space of the image and leave a raised relief surface. A separate block is cut for each color in the image. The blocks are then printed, one color at a time, on a one-hundred-year old 10 x 15 Chandler & Price letterpress. In some images, some of the blocks are printed multiple times to make layers of color. Some images have as many as twelve blocks and may pass through the press twenty times.