At the intersection of botany and linocut printing

This video was made using nearly 300 hand-cut 10×10 cm linolium block prints for The Art of Lost Words project, inspired by the word dehisce, which we coincidentally learned in Botany a couple of weeks ago.  It’s what the anthers of a flower do when they split open and release their pollen.  Back when English was still young and hip, it referred more generally to “release of material by splitting open of an organ or tissue; the natural bursting open at maturity of a fruit or other reproductive body to release seeds or spores or the bursting open of a surgically closed wound.”

(Link: Dehisce linomation print, via boing boing)


  1. Ruth

    oh my gosh, it took me SO long to figure out how “dehisce” was spelled after we learned about it in lab. SO LONG!

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