03 May 2015

Sew LA workshop

I'm teaching a block-printing workshop at Sew LA June 6th, and prepping for it has been *so much fun*. It will be my basic block-carving, printing & pattern design class, but given that it is at a sewing store, the emphasis will be on printing on fabric, and on the methods of fabric pattern design. 

Carving small stamps is an amazing way to fiddle with pattern-making. It's probably not the most efficient way to print large swaths of pattern, but for small projects, it's VERY rewarding & is a loose way of experimenting with all the possible ways one can turn a simple image into a repeated pattern. I'm happy enough with how some of these experiments played out that I'm planning on transforming them into silkscreens for some short-run Krank Press sewing projects.  

Alex took photos of me at work, and I've added a few iphone photos to the mix, as well:













01 May 2015

East Sussex

this time last year we were in East Sussex, at the tail end of my husband's gig working at the Paris Opera House. we holed up in our friends amazing blacksmith's cottage, on the old Ashburnham estate, and enjoyed the heck out of the spring days. then I took circa 9 months to process my film. here are a few highlights. 











24 April 2014

more photos: spain

This blog has become more of a repository for my photos/travels than anything else, but so it goes. I've finally scanned in the rolls I took in Spain in January. I also think, after, mmmm, 15 years of owning this camera, that I finally figured out what is causing the film-loading issues I've always had. So these are still pre-learning-curve, and thus a bit more off kilter & moody. Also: it rained a lot in Spain in late January. I've just gotten back from the UK, and will post those photos when they're processed and scanned, maybe months from now...















26 April 2013

silkscreen student

I signed up for a silkscreen course this spring at Otis, because I'd never been taught how to do it & only had various at-best-semi-successful projects through the years on the basis of self-taught winging-it. I'm super glad I took the class--it really opened printing doors for me & I even just ordered a washout sink for the garage (we're re-plumbing the back house, so I thought: why not throw that in too). I had some print ideas before I started, but decided to chuck 'em & experiment with non-computer processes such as rubylith & painting directly on negatives. Here are a few of the prints I made--I'm hoping to get some of them up into my etsy shop soon, as prints & wrapping paper...

I cut these birds (and the script on the top print) out of rubylith (sorry the only photo I have of the prints are behind a bird cupcake!)



then I did a series of prints using lines I'd painted directly on negatives: 




and finally I made a repeating pattern out of a kind of random pile of hand-cut circles, scotch taped down onto the screen before I exposed it: