Hand prints and Nature Prints

Here are a few photos of hand-printed clothing that was to have been (using that verb tense a lot these days!) in the Marblehead show.  I had planned to exhibit a selection of women’s shirts, canvas bags, and black aprons. I printed most of what you see here last fall (before all the leaves dropped), but I’ve been able to print a few over the winter using leaves I dried and rehydrated.  The shirts are between 60 and 100% cotton (to hold the ink) and the bags and aprons are 100 percent cotton.  All are washable in cold water.

Yesterday I unwrapped my dining room table from all its protective newspaper…it’s been my inking station for almost 6 months, I’m realizing!

Many people have contacted me asking about my printing press.  I use a home made walking press.  A walking press is a printing press that you actually walk on, and it lets you make large prints even if you don’t have a conventional etching press.

It’s made of piece of plywood covered by two pieces of fleece blanket cut to the same size as the plywood. You lay the inked leaves face down on the paper and slip the paper between the blankets…and walk on top for about one minute!  Then your print is ready.

I hope you and your family are well and continue so.

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NEW CLASSES AT THE SMITHSONIAN ON ZOOM

White line Woodcuts

 sold out for March 2021! 

But it’s coming back this summer, check this space or the Smithsonian Associates catalog for the exact date and time.

Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish

 May 8, 10 -1 PM

Gyotaku Hawaiian Style 

If you’ve taken the first class, come on back and learn how to add color to your prints!

May 15, 10 – 1PM

Handprints: Printing on Fabric with Natural Materials

June 5, 10 – 1 PM

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LOOKING AHEAD TO THE FUTURE

Nature monotypes and hand printed clothing at the Marblehead Arts Association juried show.

Nature leaves shirt

Opening postponed. You’ll find the Marblehead Arts Association in the Hooper Mansion, 8 Hooper St.  Marblehead, MA

 

CURRENTLY SHOWING AT

Happy Isles Art | Yosemite National Park,  California

Yosemite Art and Nature Center