how I’ve spent my summer

six weeks of it at least. I randomly signed up for a screenprinting class in may after deciding that I missed art classes. I went into the city once a week from june to july and spent all day playing with inks and a powerwasher. the class wasn’t exactly what I expected. there were no crits or discussions on our ideas. it was more like seven people working independently in the same room and sometimes chatting. I did get to re-experience the intensity that comes with focusing one one thing for eight hours straight. I don’t know how I spent so many hours in the lab in grad school, just once a week killed me this time. I would come home zonked out and the next day I felt like I aged 40 years. I still loved every minute of it, aches and all.

paperpieced

we started with freezer paper stencils and then moved on to photo emulsions. of course I had to play with the idea of quilting with freezer paper. all the colors were “found” and just tweaked a bit to get what I wanted. I think this took me longer than an actual mini quilt would have (it’s from an edition of 20) with all the lining up I had to do. .
reproduction

I let loose on the second print is. I hand drew everything on acetate and then added some pictures of the vintage polaroids. that was basically the only plan I had before printing anything. I made it up as I went along which drove part of me nuts but I’m in love with the textures I was able to get.

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  • Oiyi July 23, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I love both prints. I haven’t done any print work since art school. I took one class. It was so fun.
    I know what you mean about being wiped out. I have been taking weaving classes and it’s once a week. I am so wiped out when I get home. I almost pass out on the sofa every time. I wish I could ignore my daughter’s pleas. LOL.

  • Kirsten July 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I spent a lot of time in the print studio when I was in art school. Seeing your work has me itching to do a bit of printmaking again.

  • Lisa July 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

    The quilting has definitely rubbed off! Lovely prints.
    I think taking any classes is heavy work – all that concentration can be exhausting.

  • Diana July 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

    love the quilt-inspired one. you could do a whole series of these.