Making an Impression: Israeli Illustrator Danna Donna Shamir Gets Her Hands Dirty

As an exhibition of her etchings goes on show in Florence, Shamir reveals why she draws the line at modern techniques.

One day, while the illustrator Danna Donna Shamir was studying ancient printmaking techniques in Florence, Italy, she found an invitation to a birthday party in her mailbox. Opening the envelope, she discovered it wasn’t just any party, but a celebration of the bicentenary of a venerable cork oak tree in the city’s Botanical Gardens.