Please excuse my disappearance, again. This academic year is wrapping up and there has been one too many things to keep track of. Last summer I taught a great group of students printmaking at the University of Nebraska. Shortly after wrapping up the summer session, some of the students wanted to start a print/book club. This year has been a lot of work but the club is moving a long. Their first exhibit will open this Friday, May 8th, 6 pm at the Bancroft Market. Swing by if you're available, there will be some amazing prints and books on display!
A little portrait etching. The dress and figure are from a portrait Rembrandt made of his wife, Saskia. I added the cockatoo head because, well, I wanted to. I'm gearing up for my exhibit at the UNO gallery in May and this image is on the postcard. Swing by and pay me a visit, mark your calendar for May 15, 5pm.
I was so happy to have figured out how to print Japanese style mokuhanga. I have taken a handful of workshops with Karen Kunc and was able to produce this at my studio following the last lesson with her. I'm ready to try this some more!
Last summer while in Ireland, I stumbled upon this poem by Yeats. Tucking this memory into the back of my mind, I remembered it when it came time to explore letterpress. I was very lucky to have the help of Denise Brady of Gibraltar Editions help me assemble text and print this image. Never making a letterpress print before I was a little nervous and uncertain about how things would unfold. It was easier than expected for me and I love the way this turned out.
This is a little etching about 2"x 3". I designed this for my Yeats letterpress poem (will be posted soon) as a backup if the wood engraving I made didn't work out. Surprisingly, I didn't need to combine this with the poem. Still a handsome print, I titled it "It's a Hawk" because when most people are looking at my prints they typically assume that my birds are eagles. Well, it's a hawk.
I took a moku hanga workshop with Karen Kunc a while back. It was my first true experience with traditional Japanese printing. I was so excited and had this perfectly planned image in my head, always a bad idea in my opinion. This was the 'best' print that appeared. I didn't know exactly what I was doing and created this awesomely awkward crappy print. BUT, I took what I learned and made a better print on my own. So, in the long run it all worked out :)
Reduction woodcut I completed over the summer. It's in a faculty exhibit at UNO which is coming down tomorrow and will be hanging in the Wings Over the Platte exhibit in Grande Island for the next couple of months. This print has gotten a lot of compliments. I enjoyed working on it, lots of carving and color layering.
Poor little collagraphs, one of the typically forgotten print processes. This piece was from a demonstraton I did in class. A very basic example, I think only one or two people actually tried to make one on their own. We used a leaf, a latex glove, wood shavings, soda top and matte board glued to cardboard. Rich with texture!!
It's hard to buy art for people that make art, at least in my opinion. This however, was a great gift from a super friend for Christmas. Heather did good. I have a couple of books full of Haeckel's illustrations and they are amazing. I think I let out a little squeal when I opened this.
Another holiday to throw me off my regular schedule. Sorry for my disappearance. This sketch was a study of the drive and walkway at a cottage we stayed at outside of Galway over the summer. This sweet little house was tucked away on a side road, the view of the hills off in the distance and mumbles of two beautiful connemara geldings outside our door. If I could run away once a year, this is where I would go.
So. I was in a little shop that sold touristy things. Mostly cheez ball stuff. There was a stack of bird watching newspapers that immediately caught my eye. I took a few to peruse later that day. I sat on an uncomfortable couch and drew this lil guy while my wonderful friend worked on her book in another room. Over the span of an hour or two the sun had set and the horses outside the door had fallen asleep and started snoring. Not only was this drawing relaxing it also holds a sweet memory for me. Let's go back to Oughterard.
Just got back from Prescott College for a visit over the past weekend. This photo was taken from the airplane on the way home, it's time for snow again. I had a good visit, saw some classmates, met some new ones, and was able to check in with my instructor. I'm nearing the finish line to my masters degree. I have so much to do and figure out, but I have a plan and am itching to crank out a bunch of words, thoughts and art! My thesis plan is based on the history of printmaking and is meant to cover the basics of techniques in relation to print history with a twist of Amy art. It's a lot to juggle and I'm trying my darnedest.
I have been subscribed to many printmaking groups, guilds, and forums for years. The past two years I have been able to attend the Southern Graphics Council International Printmakers Conference of which I am a member. The benefit of being a member is the access of information and collaboration that comes from print communities around the world. For the heck of it, I submitted a section of a paper to I had written last year for my thesis work to SGCI newsletter. To my surprise, my article was selected and published in the Fall edition of Graphic Impressions. Hidden Women in Printmaking History can be found on page 4. I'm proud to have an article published and to be associated with an impactful group of printmakers.