Where I am here and now is pretty nice, but: I’d love to be slopping it up in a bunch of ink (or pulp!) in a cooperative art space with a bunch of like-minded associates in the service of art for all! This above is a picture of Taller Leñateros in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas México (2009), a wonderful print and paper-making cooperative workshop.
This picture was taken at Taller Leñateros in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas México in 2009 (I think). (their website: http://www.tallerlenateros.com/) This funky contraption is used to break down pulp to make paper. This image tells a story of ingenuity and invention in the service of printmaking/papermaking. It also hints at the kind of community and ethos Taller Leñateros enjoys and promotes; resourcefulness, creativity, humor and cooperation. If you’re ever in the wonderful city of San Cristóbal, visit!
This was the letterpress studio of an acquaintance of mine where I spent a lot of time learning about printmaking and learning about art. Although I would not use the term “beloved” to describe this place, I do feel an enduring affection for the old press, the uneven floor and the inky atmosphere. The time I spent alone there, happily working and teaching myself, made a difference in my life and I treasure the memories.
These beautiful clamps present gorgeous repetition and variation in our woodshop. Their design is economical and strictly utilitarian; they are beautiful and useful, as singular objects and in the numbers hanging off of racks in the shop.
This is a print, seen elsewhere on this site sans frame, that displays a sense of being “weathered.” I really love the worn-out look; it reminds me of the stuff that hung in offices where my parents and their friends worked (back in the 1960s, 70s). The old frame is ‘reclaimed’ (clean and tightened, etc) from a thrift store–it fits the print, I think.
Not Printmaking! Deeply imperfect but satisfying, this is my first piece of furniture! It’s a magazine rack of sorts for the top of a bookshelf I have. I learned a lot doing this, from drawing up plans to how you can (almost) never do too much sanding. A good and educational experiment!
I was in the Atlanta area yesterday (for a NM green chile roast–Go Lobos!!) and as I walked around the neighborhood, centered around Decatur Square (old courthouse, bus municipal terminal, funky shops, etc), I came across this crosswalk treatment and was delighted! Not a typically pedestrian treatment. It is part of a project that replaced several old brick crosswalks with this colored thermoplastic–it’s easy to look up and will be an edifying search. The other picture is of a typical crosswalk on our way home, through Duluth, GA. This certainly is more typical of the pedestrian experience everywhere I’ve been. The flowered crosswalk shows that there are other possibilities.
I love the physicality of printmaking and the various techniques, inks and tools involved. I also love that one can do printmaking with just a few very simple things and a little space. The photo below shows how impromptu a print sesh can be–this is the second layer of ink and about a week away from moving out.
Artist Trading Cards, summer 2017
This was a neat project–it was fun limiting myself to such a small format–and I intend to do it again and even host an exchange, myself.