Celestial Cartography:


I present you with yesterday afternoon’s labor. This piece evolved from an unfinished ballpoint sketchbook doodle. This is one of the rare times where I sketched the image free handed directly on the linoleum before carving, adding to the design as I worked, instead of completing a drawing first and then transferring it with graphite and tracing paper.

Most of these images were shot last night, ergo the poor lighting/quality but I was absolutely convinced I’d post them before bed. Alas, this did not happen, but here they are now.

unfinished sketch that got this whole process going
phase 1.
phase 2.

inked block.
I still have some cuts left and fine tuning before I’m ready for the nice paper but once proofing results are satisfactory the plan is to ink and print the block with a dark blue gradient roll.

Sneak Peak:

Notebook Covers

Because I was so pleased with the way this wrap around printed cover  turned out, (and because I've had stacks of torn down pages sitting around for a week now ready to be bound but with no printed covers ready) I printed a bunch of different color combinations with some of my more recent linocuts on different colored card stock. Below are a few at their stages mid day yesterday. A couple of them have changed since and there are a few more not pictured but more images shall appear once each cover has had internal organs pages stitched in.

Coffee Notebooks

A continuation of an amateur adventure in self-taught bookmaking.

Greetings and salutations, gentlefolk. These past few weeks have been a bit of everything thanks to a trip to NOLA and some family matters. But today I present you with some small visual evidence of creative activity I've been up to.

More miniature practice books. I've used scrap card stock as covers and used coffee filters as pages and sewn everything together with black thread. The text on the inside of back covers was cut out from a discarded volume of Reader's Digest Condensed Books, circa 1958.  Each mini is approximately 2.5”x3.25”x3/8”.

Thanks for checking them out!


An Amateur Adventure in Self-Taught Bookmaking

A growing infatuation with book arts hath been brewing within me for a couple of years. Up until this weekend though, I've held off on trying my hand at bookmaking because I was never quite satisfied with any concept I came up with for a book.

Viewer discretion is advised. If you or anyone next to you scrolling through this post have any legitimate or even rudimentary experience/skill in book binding, you may wish to avert your eyes as the following images depict the slapdash efforts of one who chose to forgo any written instruction and instead sallied forth armed with naught but scrap paper, thread, tiny binder clips, rulers, old sewing needles of various sizes, and a mental+virtual inventory of inspiring hand crafted books.

You have been forewarned. 

The first booklet has no cover and started as an exercise in reminding myself that I can't hope to make anything half way decent without a considerable amount of risk free play first. (Plus good luck getting better at something if you never start.)
approximately 4"x6" when closed
I went page by page through all my sketchbooks from the past seven years and tore out any sheets used, but void of images or text, primarily those used to test new watercolors, colored pencils, brushes, etc. 
I think I'll continue to make little booklets of the same size using future material test pages and eventually bind them all together to make a new experimental sketchbook.

Next. The covers on this notepad started as the backs of mussed Christmas cards that got put aside in the scrap card stock pile.
I like that I'll be able to print something on the front cover and that the back already has my initials printed on it.
 The cover on this last little guy was originally a linocut proof on some brown card stock that had been hanging abandoned on the drying line waiting for purpose. In this case, patience with its maker was rewarded.
just under 2"x3"
I attached some thread to the front cover to be wound around the book in order to keep it shut.
In case you haven't noticed, I am an absolute sucker for deckled edges.
And now, lords and ladies, I give you what has to be the sloppiest exposed stitch binding ever
In spite of the dismally shoddy stitching, however, I do like the way the print wraps the entire cover back to front, which is the only reason I'm showing you this embarrassing spine.

So there you have the results of my first bookmaking adventure. Hopefully I'll make a whole different set of mistakes on the next adventure, and thus maintain the learning cycle.

That's all for now, gentlefolk. Thanks for scrolling through.

Of Qs, Ws, and Os.

I got some proofing done yesterday. Now this alphabet is only missing X and Z. I'm having some trouble committing to the final design on those two.

Proofing and Edition Progress

Proofing happened today.

Also, as promised, I present you with visual evidence of the edition I've been working on this past week.
I was originally planning to complete an edition of this linocut as well but I’m not entirely convinced I like the results so far enough to continue. Therefore I think I’ll just sit on it for now.

Drafting stages for new linocut

stage one sketch
stage three-ish
final design tracing
design transferred to linoleum

I give you...


Today I cut out some of yesterday's newsprint proofs so I could play around with composition.
Then I tore down some 1/16 sheets (7 1/2"x5 1/2" pieces torn from 30"x22" sheets) of white, gray, and fawn (not tan, dear lord) Stonehenge and some test sheets of this deliciously thin paper called w-1 tengucho that I encountered at Hiromi Paper Inc. and that I probably should have cut and not torn but hey I succeeded so.
Torn down, prepped, and ready for printing.
Editioning is under weigh coming along rather satisfactorily. More images soon.

More proofing today.

Exhibit A:
Exhibit B:
Exhibit C:
and F:
I still have a stack of business cards with blank backs I haven't printed on yet so this was a fun way to liven them up.

This Weekend: LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair is happening at MOCA this weekend. Opening Thursday, lasting through Sunday. Check out the events page for a list of performances, project rooms, scheduled lectures and conversations.

Personally I think I’m leaning towards Saturday’s Design Authors and Auteur’s: Designers’ Books Ascending and A Conversation Between LA Bookmakers, and Sunday’s What Makes it a Book? and Art Between the Cracks. So I guess my weekend's booked?

LA Art Show Opening

I apologize in advance for the lack of images in this post. It really was nonsensical of me to not bring a camera to an art opening. However I aim to make up for this absence with visually delicious links and a promise of photos from my planned second visit to the show this Sunday.

My good friend Courtney received the oh-so-stunning gift of four free Friend Level tickets to the LA Art Show Premiere Party which took place last night from 8-11PM. Additionally, these tickets provide unlimited access to the art show throughout the weekend. You can imagine my enthusiasm at her invitation to be one of her 3 plus ones.

The IFPDA Los Angeles Fine Print Fair was the show's main draw for me. I'll get into more detail after Sunday's visit so for now I'm just going to cover a few highlights.
First, thanks to Henry Klein, I was introduced to the lithographs of Oldrich Kulhanek. If you've seen any of my work, I think you can imagine how quickly the breath was knocked out of me upon encountering his Job and Parable series. Klein's art dealership, kleinprint, primarily represents contemporary East European print artists. (Disclaimer: his website is currently undergoing reconstruction so you may encounter some glitches.)

Then the art history nerd in me did enthusiastic somersaults while I spoke with Allison Tolman of the Tolman Collection,--a group of three galleries in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York that specialize in promoting the work of contemporary Japanese creative print artists--especially when I mentioned the name of my favorite Japanese post-war creative print artist, Hamada Chimei, and she knew who I was talking about.

Of all the mass visual influx I experienced aside from the print fair, Park Tae-Hoo's ink paintings--courtesy of Nine Gallery--were what stayed with me the most. Maybe because amongst all the amazing and wonderful visuals that made my jaw drop, eyes pop, and breath stop, these paintings with their little ink blot birds scattered across expanses of negative space, ...they simply made me smile.

Of G's and H's

I've had this G and H sitting around proofed but hadn't properly printed them 'til this past week. And apparently I'm going heavy on the alliteration this morning.

See a few more of the letters in the series here.

New blog, maiden post.

Here goes. Block of the week. 

I'm starting things off with some shots of a 2 5/8" x 6" piece of linoleum from a small stack of flooring samples a friend of mine bestowed upon me (thus the punched hole in the corner). 

Recently I've been carving a lot of rubber eraser block instead of linoleum for the sake of quicker carving and printing of note card designs but I've missed the tiny detail and narrow spaces I've had to sacrifice as a result.

This type of design is commonly found in the margins of my sketch books and not in my prints, but flipping through the scribbles for a "getting-back-into-linocut" idea made me realize how well it would work as a relief print.

 I have a few more designs like this crammed onto another lino strip that I'll put up once there's a little more work to show.