documenting the work and activities of an artist + print freak.


mini notebooks
my favorite use for all the paper leftovers I accumulate.   

Below are a bunch of memo pads and notebooks I stitched together today. Their pages are of either extra notebook sheets, sketchbook paper, or ironed out brown packing paper and are bound in scrap screen printed card stock with sewing thread.

I generally make these notebooks in stages, rarely all in one sitting. One day I might size down prints or trimmings I think would look good as covers, some other day I'll spend an hour or two folding a bunch of signatures out of whatever stacks of excess paper I have lying around that isn't much good for printing on, and another day I'll take breaks throughout the day to match, stitch, and size the insides to their outsides.

Fronts and backs. Or backs and fronts. As you will.

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lino tile proofs

Proofs of the first group of 1.5"x1.5" lino tiles I started this month. The grey strips are the first proofs and the wider white strip is second pass after cleaning up the pesky little lino hair lines. I hit each tile edge with some extra ink and ran the pieces through the press with a little extra pressure to give this burnt quality to each impression.  The results were so satisfying I took too many pictures.

Careful carving of careless scribbles

Another 4”x6” linocut I printed today.
Illustrating continued efforts at cutting my blocks so as to imitate loosely drawn lines while still maintaining their distinctly carved quality. Currently the plan is to print a second edition of this image with an additional color block background. For now, though, I’m rather satisfied with how it came out.
The second image is the original ballpoint scrawl from maybe a year ago that led to the print above it. Over all it’s a ghastly scribble but I really liked a few of the searching lines in it and decided to roughly translate them into a block print.

Klimt study turned linocut

Hi all! It’s been a while. My apologies. October was nuts and November is already kicking my butt. So thanks for bearing with me as I play blog catch-up.
 Anyhows, printed today, here’s a 4”x6” linocut print inspired by one of the quick studies (below) I scribbled this summer at the Getty Center’s recent exhibition of Gustav Klimt drawings, The Magic of Line

While I don’t care much for his painting, I’m fascinated by Klimt's drawing. Since I’ve developed an increasing interest in pushing my carving to mimic loosely hand drawn lines while still utilizing fields of filled and blank space to communicate form, this sketch seemed like a good place to start.
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Linear Expansion of Ideas

A quick word vomit about all the geometric abstractions you’ve been seeing from me over the past year: These linear designs have come to represent the birth and development of ideas - the way thought processes begin with a single observation, notion, or piece of information and then and expand in unlimited directions, at random and at different speeds, and yet are still re-traceable back to the original idea that spawned the resulting web of sprawling imaginings.
 Conceptual ramblings over. Thanks for scrolling through.