International Print Exchange
A while ago my friend Jessica sent me a link to a call for submissions to an international print exchange organized by a printmaking studio in Derbyshire, UK (http://www.greendoor-printmaking.co.uk/). The deal is that I send them all of the original prints of an edition of 10, and they send me back 8 different prints submitted by other artists. All for the low price of 6 pounds. Can’t beat that for 8 pieces of original art (not including my own). The size of the paper is 5.5″ square, and the size of the print no larger than 3.9 ” square.
Finally, the very last night I’ll be able to create something to submit before the deadline, I decided to pull the trigger (procrastinator!) The prints I created are the first completed works in a series of mixed media pieces of art I’ve been thinking about for some time now. The themes revolve around using weather as a metaphor for feelings and states of mind. Partially because I see a lot of parallels there with my own emotional life, and partially because people here in the great Pacific Northwest (or the GPNW, if you like) are totally obsessed with the weather. If it strays in the summer months above 73 degrees, or in the winter below 42, people totally freak out… so interesting… I love it!
This piece is truly mixed media. Printed on Archival Fabriano printmaking paper. The first layer is a linoleum cut relief print, with a strip of handmade paper at the bottom. Then I used my Gocco printer to silkscreen a halftone screen on top of the blue, then another relief print for the house, and finally the roof of the house is a tiny piece of 22 gage Copper glued to the paper. I’m trying to marry all, (or some) of my skills together. This attempt may be a little expected… but that’s what happens when I procrastinate and have a strict deadline. One of these days I’ll be able to realize what I see in my mind’s eye on paper/canvas/etc.