I pick up stuff when I take walks in my neighborhood. I like to think of these Items as indicators of civilization. For obvious reasons, the city is teeming with such artifacts - discarded house numbers, party favors, and recently, a large colorful set of Baby Keys, like one you may have given as a gift to a couple with a new baby.
This 12 X 12" woodblock print was cut by the laser printer at Brookhaven College. (Such a great tool, the Zing Laser engraver!)
It's #1 in a set of 2 woodblock prints. I'll post the 2nd one soon.
A teacher at Brookhaven suggested I try "carving" a woodblock with the laser router. So Monday morning, I learned how to do this from a vector file. I already had a drawing I thought would be fun, and converted it to an adobe illustrator file. Then I turned on the laser. (I can't not think of Doctor Evil as I say that.) It made kind of a whooshing sound as it booted up, and for the rest of the day the room smelled like a campfire. Yesterday, I printed it.
That's what Don Taylor, printmaking teacher at Brookhaven, suggested when I was stumped about what to do next. Lines and shapes are what I notice everyday... everywhere. Slim grass shoots from bamboo cuttings and red bud leaves.
Printmaking at Brookhaven has been a lot of fun; and Holy Cow! Surprises around every turn. Nothing turns out as you think it will. It's a real "Mr Toad's Wild Ride" of a discipline. Have I made clear it's unpredictable? And yet... I'm strangely attracted to the process! .
This 6"H X 6"W work is printed in the relief method with chine-collé process used to add the golden bubbles and the cartoon bird..
Home of 2 great state universities, Oklahome University, in Norman. And Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; the the Oklahoma Thunder NBA Basketball team, and the American Banjo Museum, for goodness sake. And it was recently and lovingly described by Sam Anderson in the New York Times magazine as “...a pure distillation of our nation’s essential weirdness — a bouillon cube of America.” NYT article.