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|Here's what I'm up to today...|
These muslin cloth prints of netting needles will be embellished with some hand embroidery once the ink dries.
Thanks, Joanne, for doing my fabric shopping for me!
Last week my veteran printer and seasoned traveller, the stalwart Stylus Pro 7800, made a safe journey from St. John's to Wesleyville tucked in the back of a Jeep Wrangler thereby displacing the regular and somewhat smaller occupant, a dog the size of a small horse.
So now I'm set up in both places. If you're in my area of Bonavista North, why not visit the artist Janet Davis at Norton's Cove Studio in Brookfield. A couple of years ago I designed and printed a limited edition poster for Janet, best known as a printmaker. But Lineage commemorates the seven paintings she did to represent the generations of her family committed to the fishery in Bonavista North. The series has been broken up now so the poster is a way of seeing the project the way it was originally envisioned. It's 13" x 43" on luscious Moab Kayenta and she has a few left for sale at Norton's Cove Studio.
|Surfacing I | Oil on plywood | Janet Davis 2012|
|I just spent two days working at Alexis Templeton's studio in St. John's, forming a series of Humpback Whale platters. Alexis is wonderful to work with, and we are planning more collaborative work to come. When these pieces are ready for sale, they'll be available exclusively at her studio and mine.|
|A slab of clay is made the desired size...|
|The printing plate is pressed into the clay slab, and the surplus clay trimmed off the edges...|
|The piece is transferred to a drying board, and the printing plate is peeled off, revealing the imprint of the linocut design in the clay slab...|
|The printed clay slab...|
|The clay has the corners rolled up, forming the shape of a platter, and the wet platters are put away to dry very slowly.|
|There is still lots to do to complete these platters, but my biggest input is done. We have 26 of them drying at the moment. When they are ready, they will be bisque fired, then glazed, and fired again. Alexis is a master of glaze work, and I'm excited to see what she does with these! Check back in a few weeks to see how they turned out!|
|Men's Sizes S to XL|
|Ladies' Junior Fit Sizes S to XL|
|My table at the Art Fair today, 10 am to 4 pm.|
The event was part of the Centreville Wareham Trinity Come Home Year which ends this weekend.
I'd like to say welcome to all those visiting the region from "up the bay"!
|Photo courtesy of S. Pinsent, who was married recently in Jamaica and was thoughtful enough to send me this wonderful picture. Thanks!|
|I started out this morning with a print list of 285 cards, 184 mini-prints, and 230 bookmarks.|
I started laying out my printing plates, and decided that it was time to retire the designs above.
That's the biggest cull I've ever made at one time: 9 card and mini designs and a bookmark too.
I'm taking suggestions for new designs... let me know what you'd like to see added!
So now I'm down to a print list of 136 cards, 72 minis, and 177 bookmarks.
|I had some paper cut to size already, so no need for that today.|
I spray each piece of paper, cut to size for each item, on both sides and lay them in a damp box to absorb the moisture, becoming more supple and resistant to sticking on to the oil based ink.
|My printing list is an excel file with formulas counting how many cards I have on hand and how many I need to print to stock levels up. That's next to my ink slab, which is just a piece of glass for mixing colours and rolling the ink out. The printing plates are at far right, arranged alphabetically.|
|Here I'm rolling the ink out flat on the slab.|
I'm rolling yellow and red side by side, called a rainbow roll.
|The ink is then transferred from the rubber brayer to the printing plate. Several passes are made for even coverage.|
|The inked printing plate is placed on the press bed, where there are registration marks on cardboard under a sheet of plexi-glass.|
|I can print 9 designs at a time, whether cards, minis, or bookmarks.|
|A piece of damp paper is carefully placed on each inked printing plate.|
|A full load!|
|Brown paper is placed on top of the bookmarks, which are bleed prints: the ink bleeds to the edge of the paper, and therefore need more protection from inky messes. Brown paper is laid over the entire bed to protect the blankets from ink.|
|The felt blankets are laid on top. These blankets cushion the paper over the plates, and help in the embossing process.|
|Frederick is shown here rolling the press bed from one side to the other, the large centre roller pressing through the blankets, transferring the ink to the paper.|
|The impressions are then laid on the drying rack for at least an overnight period. The oil based ink takes a while to dry.|
Tomorrow they'll be ready to package for market.
I'll be printing all week, so feel free to stop in to see how it's done in person!