In 1991 my friend Laura Stenhouse who had been on Foundation at Oxford Polytechnic with me was doing a M.A. in Illustration at Central St Martins College in London. She very kindly decided to illustrate a set of my poems and songs as a boxed set of stone lithographs and etchings called ‘Second Wind’.
The illustrations are lovely and I helped her print from the already rare stones at Oxford Printmakers then on Cowley Road, Oxford.
As far as I know only one complete set of ‘perfect’ prints were completed. I do not have any of the prints just these rather blurry images which Laura gave me after the show.
The story is sadly affected by the loss of Laura about a decade ago when a history of mental illness led to her taking her own life. She leaves a loving husband in Bob and a beautiful daughter Josie and her fine artworks as her legacy.
She always supported my art and writing and I dedicate this blog post to her.
Thank You Laura.
The poems from the box called ‘Second Wind’ and ‘Watching Tom Mix’ can be read here: http://www.shaunbelcher.com/writing/?page_id=129