Here’s my response to the lovely poppies crowding my tomato plant–a t-shirt! I did a quick stencil screen print and hope it’s dry enough to wear to my woodworking class tomorrow. (The shirt is from the thrift and I made the stencil from some old cut-price Contact paper. Worked okay.)
Here’s a twisty self-portrait I made with jute and a silkscreened muslin. It’s a wearable piece of art; I would squirm into it and swing it around through the air, completing the piece.
This is a picture of grass I grew in the art gallery during the course of an exhibit I was in. When the show was over, I couldn’t bring myself to just toss out the grass, so I put it, and the little plaster houses (the small white forms in the grass), out in the metal yard outside the metal shop at the university. That little green patch was bright and vividly beautiful among the pieces of metal debris, cigarette butts and old pallets…an unlikely spot for signs of tender natural life.
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!
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.
This is the classroom/workroom for the woodworking course I’m in. Not a great picture, technically, but it’s a quiet, orderly image from this next chapter in my life and represents my choice to keep moving forward. I will continue to learn how to build things and here’s the place I’m doing it, for now. It’s one of my favorite images from 2017.
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 have recently started a course in woodworking and the room in the facility that invariably catches my eye is the glue-up room–it’s the clamps!!! There are dozens of clamps, half a dozen sizes, and they are hung off bars attached to the walls or wheeled wooden frames that can be shifted around the room. The shapes are simple and consistent and the colors are limited, as the photos show. As I started to take pictures, I realized that I want to make print images of these; I find the angles, the colors and the varying line widths to be really visually compelling. The trick will be to convey what I see to other viewers…