Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Want to Spoon?

After working on my large print for White Space that I had hand printed, I was excited to see the demonstration, Spooning Large Format Prints by Dan Miller, a printmaking faculty member at PAFA.  As I got of the elevator, I saw these incredible woodcuts by Dan in the lobby.

Detail, they were hard to photograph under glass!

Another detail.  The carved lines are incredible.

Then I went in to the demo to see more of his work

Placing paper over the inked block into the wooden registration guide.  Dan simply hand printed with a bamboo rice spoon from Chinatown, a few blocks away.

A woodblock is in the foreground, and the registration guide is in the middle of the table.

His tools

The first color printed

Woodblock for the second color

The finished print

Detail of woodblock- I like to write the titles on the side of my blocks too so I can find what I need amongst the stacks of blocks on the shelf


The print

Seeing these large prints that were printed by hand was very inspiring.  Dan said he likes to print by hand to get subtle nuances that you don't get with the press. I was going to print my big piece on a press, but will now spoon it by hand.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day Two of SGC Conference

I forgot my laptop cord so this post will be brief.  On the second day of the conference, I went back to the University of the Arts to see their exhibitions and demos.
Ben Franklin in front of City Hall cranking out prints on his press

I ran into my friend Marisha Simons on Wednesday night. We were a part of a printmaking studio together in Durango.  She is now teaching in Philly at Univ. of the Arts.

Rebecca Gilbert- Woodcut and gold leaf


A great little gardening book in what looked like woodcut

My husband and I drink a lot of tea.  This is a darling way of making use of tea bag wrappers

Monday, March 29, 2010

Southern Graphics Council Printmaking Conference

Last Wednesday I flew to Philadelphia to attend the Southern Graphics printmaking conference.  It was four days of art openings, demonstrations, lectures and demonstrations.  I walked back and forth through downtown attending all of the events. Over the next few posts I will share some photos (mostly focused on woodcuts) that I took of the conference.

On the first day, I missed my plane driving through the snow storm in the early morning.  I arrived on the next flight, checked in to my hotel, and figured out how to get to the first events. Outside of the University of the Arts, some hand printed posters were pasted on to plywood.

A window installation by Crystal Wagner in the window of the University of the Arts

After seeing a silkscreen event at the University of the Arts, I went to Drive By Press that had set up presses on the street in front of the Print Center. They were printing t-shirts and posters for sale.  I got a unicorn t-shirt on the far left.

They had a tower of Bable installation covered in woodcuts printed on fabric.  Drive by Press is run by Greg Nanney and Joseph Velasquez, and travel around the country teaching printmaking to schools and art centers with their mobile presses.

The riding press.  A wood block is placed face up, then the paper, blankets, and finally the curved wooden "press" is placed on top, and is ridden by a mortified female wearing a cowgirl hat as someone rings a cowbell and the crowd screams.  Whee!

Inside the Print Center it was crowded, but a little quieter.  It was hard to take photos of the work amongst the people.

Eric Avery "Paradise Lost"

I forgot to take a picture of the toilet seat, it was sandblasted with text that imprinted text upon the people that sat on it.

A big woodcut of a mexican wrestler

More posts tomorrow!

Woodcut Workshop Next Week-Three Spots Left

I just got back in to town after a great weekend in Philadelphia at the Southern Graphics Council printmaking conference. (Posts and pictures to follow) I opened my mail to find five confirmed registrants for my woodcut workshop next week.  There are three spots left!  

Wednesday nights, April 7 - May 19, skipping April 28, 6-9 pm in my studio.  $160 or $140 if received before April 1st. All materials included except for printing paper.

Opening this Friday, April 2 Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery

Please join me this Friday night April 2nd 6-9pm at the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery for a reception of my work. I hope to see you there!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Woodcut Workshop in my studio beginning April 7th

I've received several requests lately to teach another woodcut class, so I am offering; 
Introduction to Woodcut Printmaking Workshop 
In this workshop, students of all levels will learn the steps and techniques to printing their own woodcut prints, on the press and by hand. Single color, multiple blocks, and reduction printing will be covered.  Returning students are encouraged to participate as a second level workshop.

When:Wednesday evenings, six weeks, April 7, 14, 21 (the week of the 28th will be taken off for vacation) and May 5, 12, 19.  If a class is missed, makeups can be rescheduled.  6pm-9pm
Where:My studio, 2810 Wilderness Place #C, Boulder
Cost:$160, all materials are provided to students, including a basic set of tools for you to keep-except for printing paper which students will need to provide.  If you have your own tools, two sheets of paper will be provided instead. If payment is received by April 1st, a discounted fee is offered for $140. A $20 savings!
Who:All levels, limited to eight students
Why:Printmaking is fun!

Please contact me for any questions, and to secure your registration.  Payment is due on or before the first class date, April 7th.  

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Art Supply Garage Sale at Open Press Saturday

At Open Press on Saturday there will be a an art supply sale from 11am - 4pm.  Printmaking supplies include linoleum blocks and linoleum carving tools.  There are miscellaneous paints, brushes, papermaking supplies, canvases etc.  Check it out.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Woodcut Workshop at Kozo Fine Art Materials

On Saturday over the weekend, I taught a woodcut workshop to five students at Kozo Fine Art Materials.  Some of the students didn't finish their prints, but the ones that did made great prints in just a few hours.
The class carving away at their wood blocks

A botanical print

A lovely white line wood cut

Carving the image

Inking up the wood block

The final print, which was an image of her grandmother