Digital Collage

Before my granddaughter was born, a friend said, ‘A spring baby, how lovely…’ and the words stayed in my head.

Months later, in the middle of a bleak, Scottish winter, I longed for flowers and working on this image was a welcome break from the snow and icy winds sweeping in from the Baltic.

The black and white illustration is from a 19th century obstetrics textbook, whilst the flowers are shades of red, pink and lilac, colours I associated with childbirth.

Sasha Saben Callaghan lives on the east coast of Scotland and is a writer and digital artist. She was a winner of the 2016 ‘A Public Space’ Emerging Writer Fellowship and 2019 Pen to Paper Award, sponsored by Arts Council England. Her poems and short stories have been published in magazines and journals including Ambit, The Queens Head, The Selkie and Lanterne Rouge and she has recently completed her first novel, set in Victorian London. Sasha’s lived experience of impairment and disability is a major influence on her work. Follow her on Twitter: @SabenCallaghan

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