Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Printmaking Workshop

This past weekend I took another printmaking workshop at Wingtip Press.  Reduction linocut was taught by Mare Blocker.  Reduction linocut also has the nickname of "suicide" printing.  This is because all the printing is done from one block.  You cut more and more away on the same block with each color.  If you mess up, you can't go back and change it.

Mare Blocker was our instructor.  She lives in Donnelly, Idaho and is a printmaker/book artist. She was a very fun teacher with lots of information.  She also brought many of her own pieces to show as examples.  Here are just a few.

These are all different types of printmaking by Mare Blocker, not just reduction linoleum printing.

 This piece above is actually a book.  It is laid out flat, but can be folded back up into a book.  It then looks something like the picture below.

Here is a close-up of the hand stitching on the paper that Mare did for this piece.
 Below is a set of prints that Mare did to celebrate the 16th anniversary of having her press.  These are reduction linoleum cut prints in two colors.  I think the set is really nice and is a good example of what can be done with just two colors.
 This example is the cover of a book with different printing techniques along with hand stitching.  I really like the colors of this piece, the stitching and the energy that the swirls create.

Tomorrow I'll post what I did in the workshop, which doesn't come near the quality of these.

1 comment:

Linda M said...

Love the stitching on those pieces. Looks like it was an interesting class, I'm looking forward to see what you did.