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Printmaking & Book Arts Residency at Lillstreet Art Center

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September 1st I started my one year residency at Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, IL.  They have six different departments which include ceramics, metalsmithing, jewelry & glass, painting & drawing, Printmaking & book arts, textiles, digital arts & photography. Within these departments they offer an array of classes from beginner to advanced. They also have a roof top garden and keep honeybees (delicious honey that they sell) The rooftop has an outdoor gallery space. It is a space where artist can install four flags that will hang from the top of the rooftop. The installation rotates monthly. Check it out you can see them if you walk or drive by just look up!  Each department  has an Artist-In-Residence for the year. There is a gallery space as well as small cafe. I am honored to be affiliated with them for the next year. It is exciting to be around so many creative people from all different backgrounds. Sometimes you are so interconnected to your own discipline you don’t allow for growth from other avenues. I am hoping I can take away a variety of skills from all different mediums after my residency ends. As the Residence of Printmaking & Book Arts I am teaching bookbinding and printmaking classes, I am creating new work, and I have the opportunity to take classes in all six departments. Taking classes in other departments was a perk for me. I am always interested in learning new mediums and finding ways to incorporate them in my work. Lately I have been incorporating sewing in my prints. I am not sure what direction it will take but I am hoping that the textile classes I am taking will be incorporated in my work. If you are in the Chicago area on Friday, October 21st at 6pm all of the Artist-In-Residences are giving 10 minute lectures about their work. Come and check out all the artist! If you have ever had the urge to learn bookbinding or printmaking come take one of my classes!!

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Printmaking Studio

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Rooftop

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First sale in my Etsy Shop!

I have been working on building an Etsy shop for the past month. I am still working on adding more of my artwork to the shop but right now I have bracelets and prints. Please visit the site, tell your friends about it and maybe even make some purchases! The holidays are around the corner and I have lots of holiday cards for sale. Bracelets also might be a lovely gift for someone special. Everything in my shop is designed and handmade by me! Check out my etsy shop JennaMrodriguez

First Etsy Sale bundled up and ready to be shipped!!!!

First easy sale!

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The End Is Here!!!!!

This weekend I will be walking and officially receive my MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts. It was a long and fast three years. (if that makes sense)  Looking back I feel the time has flown by but during these three years I remember feeling the end of the tunnel was soooo far away. Now I am trying to figure out the question everyone in the past couple months has been asking me… “What is next?” As of now I am hoping and praying for a job in the near future!!! The search mission is beginning. I currently have THREE part-time jobs (I produce the Journal of Artists Books (JAB), teach art at two public schools in Chicago, and the not so fun job of waiting tables). My goal is to find ONE full time job. Oh how lovely that would be. Well that is it for now. Enjoy some pics from my thesis show!

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Opening Reception Tomorrow Night!

Opening Reception Tomorrow night from 5-8 @ the Arcade Gallery, 618 South Michigan

Come to the Arcade Gallery and check out our work!  Fill out a Chicago She-Mads.  At the end of the exhibition we are send all the Chicago She-Mads to Rahm Emanuel. Let your voice be heard!

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Close up view. Come fill out a Chicago She-Mad and let your voice be heard!

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Dieter Roth at the MCA!!!!!!!!

Dieter Roth the German Icelandic artist has an exhibition at the MCA until February 26th go check it out if you are in the Chicagoland area!!!!  Roth created paintings, sculptures, videos, sound, and installation works, but most widely known for his artists’ books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Surprise Visit from Amos Kennedy!!!

Yesterday morning I walked into  the studio as I do almost everyday but this time I walk into shaking Amos Kennedy’s hand!  I was not expecting that in a million years!  Amos Kennedy is a well known letterpress printer from Alabama.  Check out his work! www.kennedyprints.com  Here are some pics!!

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