The Princess & the Forrester's Son
Cape Town, South Africa
Art print by Pearly Yon
Limited edited Giclée print on 330mm x 420mm Hahnemuhle paper
Art prints are sold unframed and signed by the artist
This print is part of an illustrated series inspired by Gypsy Folklore. Pearly Yon's visual translation of these bitter-sweet tales of love, tragedy and adventure is flawlessly narrative as she links design elements to different pieces of the stories. Yet, even without knowing the intriguing background tales, the works stand alone as pieces of art and sophisticated design.
This story begins when a mother runs away from her abusive husband and takes her two sons with her. While camping in the forest the eldest son stumbles upon a troop of thieves who plan to break into the castle and rob the King of all his wealth and his only daughter. The eldest son befriends the thieves pretending he will help them. They send the young man over the fence of the castle first to test his loyalty and to scope out the grounds and bring back anything of worth. While he is in the castle he sees the princess asleep and falls in love with her. He cannot help himself and tears the golden bed sheet that protects the princess and her virtue. When the son gets to the fence he tells the theives to crawl through a crack in the fence one at a time, and one by one he beheads them. Months later the princess is pregnant but does not know who is the father of her child. She offers free food and drink to all the men who come to eat at her table in an attempt to find the father of her child. When she looks into the eyes of the forester's eldest son she knows it is him she is looking for.
Simone Hodgskiss is the illustrator, designer and letterer behind Pearly Yon. Born South African and raised in Australia, she now runs a one man show from her studio in the heart of the beautiful city of Cape Town. Living in a eclectic country like South Africa which is so abundant in culture, Simone finds inspiration in all kinds of people and places. With a love of print and all things paper, her journey continues as she explores new styles, techniques and medium of illustration and lettering. The name Pearly Yon came from Simone's grandmother who always said “whatever you do make sure you do it properly” which is a motto Simone practices with each project Pearly Yon undertakes - each work has a distinct sense of narrative and thoughtful integrity.