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Maine Media Workshop letterpress class

August 4, 2019toAugust 10, 2019

   

Letterpress printing can be a slow process, but it can also be very spontaneous. Using a Vandercook proof press with magnet and Boxcar bases it is possible to print in a spontaneous manner composing the image as you print. Stainless steel wire combined with various sticky backed foams can be cut and manipulated  to make shapes and lines quickly and can be altered as needed. P22Blox are shaped modules that can be combined and recombined to forms letters, frames, figures and more. The emphasis will be on experimentation and variation rather than on specific end products. Each participant will contribute a set sized sample print for a portfolio exchange. For more information go their website: Maine Media Workshops

Bodleian Bibligraphic Press project

   

The project Order of Appearance: Disorder of Disappearance, printed for the Bodelian Bibliographic Press has been completed and the first copy has become a part of the collections at the Bodelian Libraries. Additional copies will be for sale at the Codex Book Fair in 2019. Robert Bolick visited and included a write-up of the project on his blog: Books On Books – Curated by Robert Bolick

Printer in Residence Bibliographic Press, Bodleian Libraries

     

I am now in Oxford, ready to start printing my project: titled Order of Appearance: Disorder of Disappearance. The press room is located off the courtyard of the Old Bodelian library building with a lovely view of the Radcliffe Camera (reading rooms for English, history, and theology collections) out the window. The press is a British licensed version of a Vandercook proof press, it seems about like an SP20 to me.

UK Teaching: The Exquisite Corpse printing workshop

September 12, 2018toSeptember 14, 2018

  

In the early part of the 20th century a group of Surrealists played a parlour game called Consequences where each player writes or draws on a piece of paper, folds it, and passes it on for further contributions. The game, initially done for fun, soon revealed its enriching and creative side.

The name for the game coined by the Surrealists is cadaver exquis, or exquisite corpse, and is the inspiration for Emily’s class. Using a variety of printing techniques, participants will produce various fanciful images that are passed on to the next person for additional input. It’s a collaborative exercise that stretches the usual comfort zone of a single individual. It is bound to throw up many surprises and open up new ways to look at imagery and interact with it.

Participants will execute fanciful or serious images of creatures (human or otherwise) and learn a wide variety of hand printing techniques using stencils, collage, relief printing from wire, hand-made stamps, gelatin printing and other paper decoration techniques. Each participant will make multiples of their images to be exchanged among the group and then each will bind these collected pages in to a book. A multiple set of prints will be made so that each student has a full edition of the results. The prints will finally be bound into a book, or perhaps even something more…

For more information go to the BINDING re:DEFINED website using this link:  full details 2018

King Leer puppets video on YouTube

June 20, 2018toJune 20, 2019

 

A video showing King Leer: a Tragedy in Five Puppets in action is now on YouTube. King Leer video

Five puppets in a boxed set, four of the puppets have quotations from our 45th and current president. The 2016 election results turned my thoughts to the character of King Lear and from there they descended to King Leer. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to MacBeth. This project started with the spontaneous making of the beanbag puppet as a tension reliever in the winter of 2016. Sarah Bryant and Anna Embree introduced me to the robot puppet via Facebook in the spring of 2017. Those grasping hands set me off again. At that time, I decided to use the President’s own words against him. Each puppet has been made with the materials appropriate to their nature. Three of the puppets are paper with movable components: the flapping mouth, the jump-up, and the walking robot. The remaining two puppets are cloth and a sock with animated paper hair. The font used throughout is Arial Black with Apple Chancery for the opposite side of the jump up tab. All the paper is Chancery paper, a hemp and cotton blend, made by Tim Barrett and his team of student papermakers at the University of Iowa Center for the Book.