Printed Embroidery

art, corvallis, embroidery, Prints

A few days ago I made a post about my collection of vintage printing blocks, with a teaser about a new project I used them for.

typecut embroidery.06It’s probably pretty self-explanatory–I used them as embroidery patterns. By taking them through my Challenge proof press with carbon paper, I printed them on unbleached linen, then embroidered the images.

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Printmaking and embroidery are two mediums I don’t often get to combine. Somehow using antique printing blocks as a base for a similarly antiquated medium like embroidery seems kind of right.

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typecut embroidery.07Bonus Oregonian tree embroidery:
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Type Cuts

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On the shelf above my workbench there’s a box.

DSC_0602That box contains my collection of type cuts–also known as printing blocks, or letterpress cuts. They’re images etched into wood or lead, meant to be printed alongside letterpress type.

Christy Turner type cut collection

It’s an eclectic mix of images that I’ve hand picked for one reason or another. These are a few of my favorites:

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This one is a simplified line etching of a traditional platen press–the kind of printing press used for traditional letterpress printing.

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As a Pacific Northwest native, I do love trees.

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And crabs.

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By far my strangest cut is this one–it’s about 3″ across, and was presumably used for creating dental records. Can you even imagine something as mundane as dental records being hand printed?

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But this one is my favorite. Surrounded by intricate images of elk and horses and trees and other oddities, this pointing hand is the jewel of my collection. It looks like metal but it’s not–this is my only wood etched type cut, carved from a single piece of wood rather than from lead (or lead mounted on a wood base).

The hand itself is probably recognizable–this design, called a manicule, has become popular in modern graphic design. They were originally used to draw attention to important text in documents and books dating back to the 12th century, a common form of marginalia on some of the earliest letterpress printed materials.

Given its history and delicate line quality, it’s hard not to love. I mean look at the individual carved lines–so much information in such sparse, elegant detail. This is what you think of when you think traditional woodcut design.

I recently used a few of my favorite cuts for a somewhat eclectic project, which I’ll explain in a later post. For now, here’s a teaser:
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Happy Friday!

2014 Recap

art, corvallis, embroidery, Prints, work in progress

In retrospect, 2014 was not my most prolific year.

What little work I did turn out was some of my best — my skull studies, Pacific Northwest alphabet book, and various other small projects. I was even lucky enough to be featured in Mixed Media Art Magazine. But full time employment leaves little time for personal projects, and this year my creative efforts flagged considerably in favor of lazier and less fulfilling pursuits. I imagine I’m not the first person to fall victim to creative malaise, but that’s no excuse.

I’m planning for 2015 to be better. I’ve got some vague project ideas, some even vaguer goals, and bunch of sharpened pencils, so I’m good to go. Here’s to a fresh year.

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Mixed Media Art Magazine, Issue 14

art, bookbinding, bookmaking, embroidery, Prints, publication

In other recent publication news, I’ve recently been featured in Mixed Media Art Magazine, an international online publication about–you guessed it–mixed media art and artists.

Since I work in a pretty wide variety of intertwined mediums, it’s hard to consider myself anything except a mixed media artist. So being chosen to feature in an art magazine specifically devoted to mixed media–which is often sort of overlooked–is a big deal for me. And you guys, this magazine is beautiful. I feel honored to be published in it.

I’m in issue 14, available here. Go check it out!

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Artist Profile in the Advocate

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I’m way late in posting this, but a while back the Corvallis Advocate published an artist profile on me, featuring my recent skeleton book and some sewn work. The printed edition is no longer available but you can still see the story online.

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