Abel Bartolich

Hand Pressed Art

I create handmade artistic prints using the renowned Blake’s Relief-Etching Method technique. Each print is a limited edition, crafted with copper printing plates, featuring original artwork designs.

Uniquely designed jewellery, made from prickly pear cactus, a plant that is well-known in the Mediterranean area. Each piece has a special organic structure and is prepared by hand; hence the result is an original one-of-a-kind artisan jewellery

The original artworks

There is a unique characteristic plant on our islands we all know very well – this is the prickly pear cactus. These plants, despite look quite unusual and even weird on the outside, hide something beautiful in the inside…

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How I made prints from my artworks?

When parts of the cactus plant begin to wither, the sturdy inner fibre is revealed to human eyes and amazes us: it has an amazingly intricate structure which looks like a meticulously created filigree or lace…

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The final prints

Read about the elaborate process of preparation, beginning with collecting the fibre pieces, through cleaning, cutting and treating, to the final steps of handpainting and assembling…

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