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“Still” Solo Exhibition

I recently had a solo exhibition at the String Room Gallery in Aurora, NY. The body of work centers around my artist’s book Still. This hand-bound book commemorates the lives (both real and imagined) of nine of the many local animals I encountered who were killed by moving vehicles. The corresponding interdisciplinary exhibition is comprised of handmade paper, screen prints, embroidery, stop-motion animation, and installation. With wit and empathy, I created larger-than-life characters inspired by each victim, resulting in an immersive, creative, non-fiction narrative.  Text was pulled from the String Room Gallery website. If you would like to know a little more about the process of me creating the artist book Still check out Main Street Arts Gallery Blog where I did guest entry about the book. If you would like to watch the animation check it out here on my website!

 

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Spring Semester is Here!

We are a few weeks into the spring semester and I realized I never posted anything during the fall semester. I am going to attempt to some up my first semester in this post. If I summed it up in one sentence it would be:

Moving to a new state for a new job was one of the best decisions I have ever made although the first semester was super busy, at times overwhelming, but I was always learning from my students and director while being the happiest ever because I am doing what I love! (I think that might be a run-on sentence and you may be out of breath after reading it but you get my point) hahaha

Wells College is a very special place and I already know from my short time here that it will always have a special spot in heart. I can definitely say this was my first experience of teaching at a college of around 550 students. It is a different experience from a larger college or university and very different from my own college experience. You create a bond and relationship with your students like no other because the max class size is 10 students at least for the Book Arts classes. Teaching with students from all disciplines was a little bit of a change for me. After the first or second class I had to rethinking my entire way of teaching, realizing I only had one student as a studio arts major. I had to incorporate foundations that I thought they would know. This was a challenge but I enjoyed trying to problem solve . I have definitely changed my entire approach for the spring semester and I am already seeing better results with my students.

Learning and problem solving were the two major things that took place in the fall. I was new to the school as well as the Book Arts Director Richard Kegler. We both worked together to make things happen. Every day we found a new interesting object (books, type, prints, presses, etc). It felt like an archaeological dig site for us! Every day we were exploring new parts of the building and trying to put the pieces together from the past predecessors. We have gotten the Wells College Press Store up and running again.  We also have a blog which is where I have been doing most of my posts Wells Book Arts Center Blog. Wells College Press is currently co-publishing a book with Starshapped Press called An Alphabet of Sorts. It will be released in late spring but you can check out the book on either website.

The Book Arts Center has a greenhouse attached to it and has not been put to very good use in the past so Rich and I are in the process of transforming it into a paper making garden and lab. We had April Sheridan from The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago come out and give students a lecture about her experience of building a self-sustainable paper making at Columbia. By fall semester we will have the paper making garden up and running and offering our first paper making class in the fall! Lots of exciting things are underway at the Wells Book Arts Center. Stay tuned.

Here are a few images of student work, class projects, and other events from the fall semester

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Teaching at Spudnik!

I will be teaching letterpress classes at Spudnik Press starting next week! Spudnik Press is a community print shop that allows artist to come and use their facilities. They offer open studio times to work on your own work or classes to learn new printing processes.  The letterpress I class is full but there are still spaces available for the card workshops that will take place in November.  Perfect for making your very own business cards, christmas cards, or anytime cards. Add a personal touch to your cards by making them. If interested go to their website Spudnik Letterpress Classes. I am super excited to be able to teach letterpress printing again.  Here are pictures of their shop.  I only have photos of their letterpress/offset equipment but they also have screen print, litho,  & intaglio. Come take classes with me!!!!

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Lessons I’ve Learned From Rap Songs

If in Chicago stop by 1104 South Wabash. Adjunct Professor Claire Sammons and I have our undergraduate student’s work on display on the first floor.  Last semester both undergraduate intro to letterpress classes collaborated for a wood type project.  As a group they voted on the theme Lessons I’ve Learned From Rap Songs.  Here are some images of the work.


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I’m Sexy And I Know It!

I thought I should share the music video the other interns and I created while at Wells. The printmakers at the University of Kansas created a music video in their printmaking shop and thought we should create a response video in the Wells printmaking shop. We had so much fun doing it and it also shows off the shop. I hope you enjoy. After you watch our video you can watch KU’s and see where we got our inspiration from.

 

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Dafi Kuhne @ Columbia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Why hello everyone! I have some super exciting news! Swiss artist Dafi Kuhne is here in Chicago for two weeks!  He currently has part of his thesis woodtype now on display in the woodtype exhibition at the Book and Paper Center.  It is located on the 2nd floor in the 1104 South Wabash building at Columbia College.  This weekend he is doing a workshop on producing woodtype using an laser cutter called Digital to Analog!  I am sooo lucky I will be taking the workshop! He also gave an amazing lecture about his work this past Thursday.  If you are interested he is conducting another workshop during next week as well called printing on cardboard.  I will post some pics after the workshop.  This is going to be an intense next two weeks.  After this weekend with Dafi I am headed to the Wayzgoose conference at Hamilton Woodtype Museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  So you will be hearing more from me soon.

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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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I heart the Heidelberg Printing Press!

I am super excited because this past week my professor Clif Meador and April Sheridan trained me on the Heidelberg windmill printing press!!!  It is a different experience compared to the Vandercook proof presses! I loved it and I am extremely grateful to have been taught!

  

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