Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Calling all woodcut artists!

Next year in Japan, there will be a woodblock/woodcut conference.  It is short notice, but there is a call for entries to exhibit at the conference.  I encourage everyone to apply!

          International Mokuhanga Conference in Japan 2011
Kyoto International Community House, June 8-12, 2011

Juried woodblock print exhibition open to international artists. All prints made in the waterbased mokuhanga tradition or with contemporary materials that reflect mokuhanga principles have priority. Also accepted are woodcuts with mixed techniques that carry some Japanese influence. Artists are requested to submit 1 work (or a set, in the case of a small series). Size of the paper should not exceed 80 x 60 cm (31” x 23”). JPEG images will be juried first. Submitted image should not exceed 1920 x1080 pixels, 72 dpi. Size limit is 1 MB. Submission is free.
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2011
Deadline for receiving accepted artworks: April 30, 2011
Participation fee for those accepted:  6000 yen / 55 dollars / 50 euro
Send your application form and JPEG image by e-mail to IMC2011 Office: office@mokuhanga.jp
or post it with a photo of your artwork to:  IMC2011 Tokyo Office, P.O. Box 2061, Otemachi, Ginza Branch, 100-8799 JAPAN
In case of regular mail, please make sure that it must be postmarked by the application deadline.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Firefly Handmade Market this weekend!

I've been a busy elf making tea towels, cards and small prints for the Firefly Handmade Market this weekend.  Stop by to say hello, and buy some handmade gifts for yourself, and friends and family. My booth is number 42.  It will be a fun show!

Saturday's card workshop

I've been busy this week, but wanted to post some photos of the card workshop I held last Saturday in my studio. I had several returning students come to have cookies and cider while we laughed and made Christmas cards. We used linoleum instead of wood for faster and easier carving, and water based inks so they would dry in time for them to take them home. The cards came out great as you can see below.
Diana's snow flake in several colors

Kris's partridge

Larry's Madonna and child modeled after a Botticelli painting

Sabyl's trees printed on paper with little squares embedded in it

and without the squares


and on a patterned paper

Susan's abstract head

I had a lot of fun organizing this workshop, and I think the students did too.  This will have to become an annual event.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday Printmaking and Craft Workshop December 4th

Come to my studio on December 4th for a holiday print and craft workshop! Have fun making your own personalized holiday cards, wrapping paper, ribbons, and gift tags. Light refreshments, home made cookies, and snacks will also be provided. 
December 4th, 10 am - 1 pm
My studio; 2810 Wilderness Place Suite C Boulder 80302 303-819-1901
Limit of 8 people - if demand is high enough, another alternate day or evening may be scheduled
All levels welcome, no previous printmaking experience required, but helpful.  Mature children also welcome with an accompanied adult
$40 fee to be paid before event to secure enrollment. Send payment to address above
Fee includes: 
1 - 4" x 6" linoleum block or 1 - 4" x 6" speedy cut rubber block
Use of studio, equipment, and carving tools, supplies; ink, ink pads, paint, glitter, rubber stamp letters, glue, etc.
  • Bring your own materials to print and decorate - Ex; Blank cards, card stock, plain ribbon, rolls sheets of plain wrapping paper (matte works better than shiny paper) brown kraft paper rolls, gift tags, etc. Come prepared with drawings or ideas for your projects.  The time will go by quickly!

Monday, November 22, 2010

2011 calendars now in my etsy store

I am excited to announce that my 2011 woodcut scroll calendars are now available in my etsy store.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Haberkorn  Stock up for gifts for the holidays, or one for yourself!

More monotypes

I posted previously about my new direction in doing monotypes during figure drawing at my studio on Tuesdays. They have been coming along nicely since my first experimentation with them. 
I almost scrapped this one, but pushed through and finished this drawing.  This model was great with his leather jacket and floppy hat.

This is the latest monotype from last week.  The model wore a great scarf which I ended up not putting in the drawing.  Both of them had medium length shaggy hair!

Tomorrow will be another drawing session.  I look forward to experimenting more with monotype and figure drawing.  I have some ideas that I want to try with the ghost print.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Last class at the Art Students League

Last night was the final class that I taught at the Art Students League in Denver.  The students there made some really great prints.
Denise was very ambitious with a multiple block print of her garden shed. Here is the first color in amber

The second color was in dark brown

The third block had two colors.  A light green on top, and a darker green on the bottom 

The fourth block was printed in red

The fifth and last color was printed in grey.  We scrambled up to the last few minutes of class to finish printing this image.  This print turned out so well, don't you think? 
This is Amy's two color woodcut of a lava flow in Hawaii
Lorna did this woodcut in a single color, and chine colle'd pieces of paper down for the topiaries and planter

This print of a gecko by Lorna has chine colle pieces of paper for the colors under the print

This was a two block, three color print of the gecko

Tony Ortega was also in my class, and I can't believe I didn't photograph his woodcut of a chihuahua! Sorry Tony, it was fun having you in the class. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Woodcut Class with Lifelong Learning

Last night was the last night of a six week workshop with the Lifelong Learning program. I had a wonderful group of students that made me laugh, while they made some great prints. I will miss spending my Wednesday nights with them.
Candi's tortuga
and her Virgin printed on to wood

and another Virgin printed on to wood. I had Candi paint the wood block with inks like a white line print. The wood block was painted, and then printed on to wood instead of paper

the tortuga and feather printed together

the feather and the Virgin on red paper

Candi hiding behind her feather print

Cathy's first wood cut print
The first color of Cathy's second multiple block print

Second color

Two prints with the last color.  Cathy adjusted the color on the right print to pop a little more than the one on the left

Ella did a great wolf woodcut

Linda carving her woodblock
I had the students on the last class experiment with chine' colle.  Linda cut pieces of paper to fit her woodblock cut shapes, and painted pva glue on the back.  When they are placed glue side up on to the inked block, a clean sheet of paper is placed down.  The whole thing is glued and printed at once.  Everyone had fun playing with this method.  You can see how many variations Linda got with one wood block!

Sheeri's glass eye-she kept telling me the name of it, and I forget what it's called..

Rachel may have been the most prolific student in the class.  She made lots of prints!
Rachel's wood blocks and prints

and her ship
and her tree.  I thought this wood make a great t-shirt design
and some of her cards.  Wouldn't you love to get one of these cards?

This was a great group of students.  Tonight I will finish my class at the League, and will post their prints tomorrow

Small Print Show at Open Press

Some of my small prints will be available for your holiday shopping at Open Press Gallery.  The opening is this Friday, November 19th from 6-9 pm.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Creative Capitol Exhibition at DIA

Two of my woodcut prints will be shown at terminal A of the Denver airport until February when it will move to the Capitol.  When you are traveling this holiday season, pass through terminal A to see the show!
A map of where the exhibition will be hung in the airport

Call for entries: Print Show at TOSA

My Friend Melinda Laz wanted me to get the word out about a print show at TOSA to benefit their screen print shop.  The information for the show is listed below;

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Falling for new directions

I saw a post on the blog, The Crafts Dept. from Martha Stewart Living, that showed how they changed their blog header according to the seasons, so I decided to change mine to a more seasonally appropriate image.  I used double stick tape to hold some leaves in place, and printed my header wood block on them.  What do you think?

For the past few weeks since I've been going to figure drawing next door at my studio on Tuesday mornings. It's taken me a while to get warmed up again, and feeling somewhat happy with my sketches.  Today I tried my hand at figure drawing with monotype.  I inked up a piece of plexi-glass and sketched the model's hand into the ink with q-tips.  Later I remembered that I had blender stumps for charcoal drawing that worked much better to draw into the ink with.
After the figure drawing session, I soaked some paper, and printed the plates in the press.  This was the last sketch, and the most successful one for the day.  Not bad for a first try. It still feels a little awkward and stiff for me, the fingers should "dangle" a little more  gracefully. I'm still getting the hang of this new method working by pushing around the ink with blender stumps and q-tips. Practice makes perfect right?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Femme Exhibition in Mantiou Springs

Open Studios has come to a close, but that doesn't mean I can slow down yet! On Monday I went to Manitou Springs to deliver art work to the Business of Art Center for an exhibition "Femme"
I am excited to be showing with Jean Gumpper, a well known woodcut printmaker that I have yet to meet. She won't be at the opening since she is going to the MAPC. It's a printmaking conference in Minnesota. I would have loved to have gone since Swoon will be giving a talk there.

I'm not sure if I will go back down to Manitou Springs either for the opening since I have to teach a workshop in Denver early Saturday morning at Kozo. If you're interested in a quick one day workshop, call Patricia to register.

Tonight I start a new class with Lifelong Learning in my studio, and tomorrow is another class at the League in Denver. It's good to be busy!