Check out our upcoming wood block courses at East London Printmakers!
Master printmaker Chris Pig is teaching a wood engraving course at ELP next month.
Wood engraving is a traditional printmaking technique developed by English engraver Thomas Bewick in the late 18th Century. In the 19th Century the technique was widely used for book illustration.
Wood engraving is favoured by Daumier and Doré for the delicate line work you can achieve and for fine, crisp detail.
Chris cuts and prepares the wood blocks himself for the course! So at the beginning of the course you’ll get a lovingly prepared and highly polished block and you’ll learn the basics of cutting and printing blocks.
To find out more or to book please visit our website.
Master Workshop - Collaborative Printmaking with Sarah Lawton
East London Printmakers current Artist in Residence, Sarah Lawton, will be teaching a Master Workshop next month. Sarah works in print and textile processes and organises collaborative exchanges with craftspeople all over the world. Sarah has worked with Peruvian, Cypriot and Gujurati artisans to print beautiful fabrics and garments.
During this one day workshop you will working with hand carved blocks to produce printed motifs. You’ll be working on Khadi cloth, which is hand spun and woven in Gujurat.
You’ll also have the opportunity to carve your own woodblock and print onto your own fabric or garment.
For more information about Sarah’s course or to book please visit our website.
Some fantastic printmaking opportunities with East London Printmakers!
"You’ve got to care about prints. You’ve got to care about woodcuts, lithographs and etchings. You can’t care about whether they sell or whether anyone feels the way you do about your images. I love printmaking so much I try not to care about anything beyond my ego. I keep going because, like the woman who swallowed the knives and nails, I can’t stop. I’ve put my life into it."
Our newest printerview is with Colorado Springs-based printer Hailey Walsh. We were most taken with Hailey’s series of photopolymer plates titled “Schema I and II”, a few of which are included above. Hailey kindly answered our questions below:
When did you start printing?
My mom is an artist so I have grown up always making art. It wasn’t until I discovered printmaking, however, that I felt like I had discovered an art form I was truly passionate about.
When I was looking at schools, I visited Colorado College as a prospective student and sat in on a book making class in the Press. It was love at first sight. My early obsession with letterpress eventually led to a love of all different forms of printmaking. I’ve been printing year round ever since.
Where do you make your work? Home studio? Shared print space?
At school, I have an incredible third floor studio space with an amazing view of the mountains. Most of my time however, is spent in the basement printshop. I love the community aspect of printmaking, and I enjoy working among the energy of other students and professors most.
When home for the summer, I have worked internships at places such as the Lower East Side Printshop and the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, where I have access to the studio in exchange for work hours. I also have a Utrecht Baby Press, which is this tiny little thing with a 7 x 12 “ press bed. Whenever I am home and feeling withdrawal from the printshop I can crank out a few post card sized prints on that baby.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I’ve worked with a lot of the same students during my four years of undergraduate and have really loved watching their work develop and have become really attached to so much of it. All of the students in my program are so talented and every day I see someone different making something that I wish I could pop into one of my prints. It is a really inspiring group of people to work among and everyone is so supportive that a lot of days feel almost like one giant collaboration.
In terms of professional artists, is it too lofty to ask Michael Heizer if he wouldn’t mind if I made photopolymer prints of his sculptures?
Where are some of your favorite spaces in Colorado Springs and beyond for contemporary art or design?
Like many of the artists represented in Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking, Sheila Goloborotko’s work is a mix of subtelty and strangeness. She takes familiar objects, in this case a pillow, and loads them with mystery. Her work removes the pillow from it’s designated space—a bed—and moves it along, with the stranger’s dreams printed on it, into the outdoor spaces where she presents the work. This suspension of logic and reality she achieves creates another realm where an extraordinary possibility exists as the boundaries between the possible and impossible are blurred. Goloborotko takes her inspiration from the dreams of strangers. Her practice in itself shatters the boundaries between invidivuals—between their private selves that exist in dreams, and the public face they show to the world. Goloborotko’s work is also special in that she takes the impermanence of another’s dream, and makes it permanent, by printing the words onto a pillowcase—the very object that suggests sleeping and dreaming.
Our director, Anne Coffin with the Brazilian Curators and Artists.
"Contemporary Brazilian Printmaking" has been one of our most successful and exciting shows thus far. It does a really beautiful job of melding the different aspects of printmaking culture in Brazil and presenting them in a cohesive manner for a New York audience. This is definitely one show not to miss this season! It is on view through May 23 at IPCNY’s offices at 508 West 26th St, Room 5A. We hope you have the chance to experience this amazing show in person!
On this day in 1746, the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya was born. In addition to being an amazing painter, Francisco Goya was also master printmaker! Goya worked primarily with etching and drypoint, and many of his prints, including his most well known series Los Desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War) were a political commentary on the injustices of war. The series is comprised of 82 stunning and powerful prints that were completed between 1810 and 1820.
Plate 1: Tristes presentimientos de lo que ha de acontecer (Gloomy premonitions of what must come to pass)
Plate 9: No quieren (They do not want to)
Plate 78: Se defiende bien (He defends himself well)
Goya’s works have had enormous influence on the art world today and he truly is an inspiration to artists everywhere. Happy Birthday, Francisco Goya, and thank you for all of your wonderful work!