5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion
Limited-edition screen prints
It is an iconic album cover that is
perfectly suited to the delights to be found inside. The Fool were
probably best-known for their involvement with the Beatles including
the mural of the Apple boutique in Baker Street. However, the cover
of the Incredible String Band's 5000 Spirits was also one of
St Paul's Gallery in Birmingham has
created a 195-only limited-edition screen prints of the cover signed
by Mike, Robin and Simon of The Fool. These can be purchased on-line
from the gallery's
Web site. beGlad readers can obtain £50 discount by entering the
code ISBFAN in the Get Discount box on the order form.
Symon of St Paul's Gallery tells how
the prints came about:
was a chance meeting with the
original artist Simon Posthuma in Amsterdam, the founder of the
60ís design company, The Fool. After discussions which primarily
focused on the production of a fine art print of The Moveís
, the subject changed to other covers Simon had
created. The Incredible String Bandís 5000 Spirits Or Layers
Of The Onion
being one of them.Again discussions ensued and
the print eventually came in to being as a mixture of Giclee and
screen printing processes.
At this point Simon flew from Holland to St Pauls Gallery in
Birmingham UK where he signed the edition. Robin Williamson was
then contacted and having viewed the finished article, he was
happy to sign the edition too. This took place at one of Robinís
famous story telling events at a gathering in Birmingham.
Finally, Mike Heron also saw the prints at a music festival he
was playing at in Moseley, Birmingham and he too was delighted
to be involved in the edition and duely signed away."