The first time I accepted delivery of Faerie Forest from her studio, I mistook it for an original work. One of the first editions made by the artist, the hand carved wooden 3D maple leaves stood proudly above the image and it was sealed in gloss resin; the use of which in art Darlington had pioneered several years earlier. Another was bought into the gallery by Darlington’s husband Cristhian – it was another Faerie Forest, but it wasn’t the same. The leaves were different colours with hand lined metallic ink, and in different placements. The unique edition was born.
Revolutionising both Darlington’s own creative process and the art market with it, the first unique editions were just a small sign of what was to follow. With every edition a fresh interpretation of the original work, each piece has the spirit of the artist’s vision within it. Recent works The Princess and the Pea and The Elixir of Love were fresh opportunities for the artist to tweak and play with colour and object.