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.

typecut embroidery.02These are each in either 3″ or 5″ hoops.

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typecut embroidery.07Bonus Oregonian tree embroidery:
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Type Cuts

art, corvallis, embroidery, Prints

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!

Pacific Northwest Alphabet Book

art, bookbinding, bookmaking, exhibition, Prints, work in progress

A while back I was invited to donate a piece of art for a fundraiser in March. Because the submission deadline is actually in February, I’ve been working hard to finish a new book before the due date–an alphabet book of Pacific Northwest animals.

Thanks to the internet I was able to find an animal for every letter, which proved more difficult than I’d initially thought. Then I sketched each one, carved them onto woodblocks, and printed them onto sekishu paper, a process that took about two weeks altogether.

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My chaotic but excellent workspace.Photo Jan 26, 2 09 16 PM

The Challenge proof press. It was actually nice outside when I started printing this weekend, so I got to open up my garage door and get some sunshine.Photo Jan 26, 2 09 22 PM Look at all them prints.Photo Jan 28, 6 37 04 PM A is for anemone! And weirdly enough so is Z in this series, because the only Z animal I could find was another type of anemone.Photo Jan 28, 7 25 07 PMEven though the most time consuming part of the process is finished, I still have to trim these prints, mount them to the pages of the book, make the covers and sew the book itself. So here’s hoping I can get all that done before my deadline.

 

Collaborative Printing Press Show

art, exhibition, Prints

The Eerie Minxters printing press printmaking show is currently up in the Concourse Gallery at the Oregon State University Memorial Union! Here’s a picture of the whole image with all our individual blocks combined:

And here’s a picture of my print and block individually! If you get a chance to go to the OSU campus, you should stop and check out the show.Photo Jul 29, 4 18 26 PM

Eerie Minxters Collaboration

art, exhibition, Prints, work in progress

You guys may remember that some of my friends and I are working on a collaborative print–the blog for the project can be found here. Once all our prints are finished they’ll be exhibited on the Oregon State University campus in the MU Concourse Gallery.

Here are two of the newest blocks printed up and ready to go–mine can be seen on the bottom of the image (it’s the one with the quote). Once finished, all our separate blocks will be hung together to create one larger image of a printing press.

 

The show will include outside work by each artist, as well as the carved blocks from the project. I’m honestly not sure when it will be on exhibit but I’ll post an update when it’s decided.