I had a blast printing my zodiac blocks last week at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. The staff were so helpful and fun!
I’ve been preparing all week (and for months, actually) for the exciting seasonal insanity that is Handmade Arcade, Pittsburgh’s biggest craft fair. Can’t wait to show off some art!
This talk by silkscreen artist Jay Ryan 1. is hilarious, and 2. has a great basic intro to using rubylith, split-fountain and transparent color techniques.
I was recently inspired by checking out the studio and process of Ian Cozzens of Secret Door Projects! Yes. Get geeky about color blending using transparent base and rubylith - you won’t regret it.
I was excited to create the cover illustration for the fall issue of the magazine Rethinking Schools. They are a magazine for progressive educators, with many of the articles written by teachers. I illustrated an article about a teacher who had misgivings about teaching the Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men because of the reactions of her students. As you can see in this detail shot, I created the images using tiny pieces of colored paper.
Classic, timelessly wonderful: Map of The Kingdom of Wisdom from The Phantom Tollbooth, bound by the Mountains of Ignorance and the Sea of Knowledge.
The Phantom Tollbooth was so influential to me as a kid!
I’ve been keeping the same art scrapbook for 15 years. Back then, I was a seamstress who spent time designing and sewing clothing. So at first, I filled the scrapbook with pictures from fashion magazines, which I drew over and modified. In the passing years, the scrapbook has become much more important to my creative process. First, pasting in the book and perusing the messy riot of imagery is the perfect ritual to begin a studio session, getting my head out of the practicality of everyday life and into right-brain creative mode. Second, it’s a place to deposit and collect images, colors, and words that I feel an affinity with; threads of thought that would otherwise be lost in a pile or tossed in the recycle bin. Third, because of the span of time and the consistency with which I’ve collected imagery, the book has become a virtual treasure trove of inspiration for me. Handled again and again, the book has taken on a magical quality; it’s hard for me to look inside and not feel a creative spark, and when I’m stuck on an idea for an illustration assignment it is a great place to start.
This is the letterpress that I use to print at artists’ image resource in pittsburgh. It’s a Chandler & Price platen press, over a hundred years old and from Cleveland, Ohio. I also teach letterpress tutorials. I enjoy showing folks how to become one with the press.