These are two proofs from a multi-block relief print based on the drawing that I did in my daytimer last week. Dimensions are 6.75x9”, and papers are handmade from cotton denim (bottom) and corn leaves, straw, abaca, and hemp (top).
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Helena Kottanner’s Memoire 8 x 12 x 1/2” limp vellum binding with Twinrocker paper, vellum straps, Cartiera Magnani Velota paper, 56 blocks carved out of poplar, printed on an antique Vandercook letterpress, hand-touched with watercolor; photopolymer text plates by Brandon Mies; edition 125. Published with a Library Fellows grant from the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Manuscript by Helene Kottanner. Translated from Middle High German to English by Hildegard Stalzer Bomer with a Readers Digest Teacher-Scholar grant.
Faubourg Nam Main Bon Dieu (with Laura Ladendorf) Large ( 22 x 30”) woodcut with numerous small rubber eraser material cuts, watercolor, and copier transfer underlayer
Done in celebration of growing up in New Orleans near Bayou St. John and the race track.
Saturday, May 2, 2020
This little house is called Temporary Shelter. It ‘s one of the first 3-D pieces I did in the late 90s/early 2000s.
It’s 15” high x 7” wide x 7” deep, made of bookbinder’s board covered with paper and lined with pen and ink and watercolor drawings.
Friday, May 1, 2020
Monotypes are a kind of painted print. On a sunny morning I set up this informal still life and rolled out oil ink onto a zinc plate using a brayer. After a couple of hours of rag wiping, painting, texture impressing and more brayering, I lay the plate face up on my press with a piece of damp etching paper on it and felt blankets on top of plate and paper. I cranked the whole sandwich through the press, and out came this print. I did the second one the same way.
This third print is a monotype done with reference to a photo of a falling-down house on my friend’s property.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Both of these are of my friend J, who was among the many friends and family members who would put up with modeling for me as I turned into sort of a roving court reporter, recording whatever the people around me were doing. Both drawings are fairly large graphite and wash.