Each image has been silk-screened on one-of-a-kind handmade papers made of local vegetation and crafted by Seppo Hallavainio.
His over twenty years experience enables him to duplicate the looks and textures of the rock surfaces on which many of the paintings were made. They are in themselves original works by a master of an ancient art form.
Each handmade Rock Art print sale for 100 USD
Please contact us if interested to purchase
From sales income we can continue working with community programs.
BY SEPPO HALLAVAINIO
The overwhelming positive public response to the Center’s on-going exhibition of prints of Tanzanian and southern African rock paintings is due in large part to the unusual papers on which the images are silk-screened.
Rather than the commonplace stark white or solid color papers, Seppo’s handcrafted designer papers impart the looks and textures of the granite and quartz surfaces in the rock shelters on which the original compositions were created. They add an extremely unique dimension to these ancient spiritual and supernatural images.
Paper was invented in China in A.D. 105 by Cai Lun. Lun not only made great improvements in the manufacturing technique, but he also made possible the use of a variety of materials such as tree bark, hemp, rags, etc. The earliest archaeological discovery of paper was made in Fufeng County, Shaanxi, China. The specimen was made from hemp during the Western Han Dynasty, circa 206 B.C. to A.D. 24.