Signed and authenticated limited edition prints of album cover art

3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul

Art by:

Toby Mott

Signed by:

Toby Mott

£480 £400 excluding VAT

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Signed and numbered in pencil by Toby Mott

Embossed with the official stamp of the Grey Organisation

Giclée and silkscreen on Woodstock Felt 310gsm

Printed by Senecio, Oxford and Hippo Screenprinters, Essex

Image size: 20.00" x 20.00"

Paper size: 25.50" x 26.50"

This edition is the product of a two stage process: the faces of Plug 1, 2 and 3 were the responsibility of our printmakers, Senecio, who have achieve a clean giclée image over which the cartoon-like illustration sits. We knew we needed to capture the day-glo spirit of the original design but fluorescent inks simply aren't available for giclee. We turned to Lynne at Hippo Screenprinters in Essex who was the perfect match for this project. She has produced the most outstanding edition for us; the hand pulled printing mirrors the feel of the cover design and more to the point, of the original sketch submitted to Tommy Boy records by the Grey Organisation.

Toby Mott takes us back to that original design:

"We have come up with the 'Daisy Age' visual concept. De La Soul visit our loft where we lay them down on the floor facing up, their heads making a triangle.

"We layer the brightly-coloured hand drawn flower designs made with Posca paint pens on acetate over the black and white photographic portrait print, which is rostrum camera copied. This is well before the time of Apple Macs and scanning.

"The intent of the design of De La Soul's, 3 Feet High and Rising LP cover is to be new and bright, with the overlaying of the fluorescent flowers and text reflecting a synthetic pop cartoon look, not a reworking of some earlier hippy ideal. If anything, it is almost a loving parody of the 'Daisy Age' label that De La Soul has been given. This is a move away from the prevailing macho hip hop visual codes which dominate to this day. The downtown NY club scene embraces De La Soul, a meeting of minds as we dance the nights away to the sounds of 3 Feet High and Rising. It's as fresh today as it was, 'back in the day'."

Read Toby Mott's essay, New York City, Hip Hop in The Daisy Age, Summer 1989 on the blog

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Prints are wrapped in acid free tissue, and packed into heavy-duty tubes. The tubes will accommodate up to three prints.

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