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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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My 4 weeks at Wells!!!

I am going to try and sum up my entire for weeks at Wells in this one post.  We pretty much had the same agenda everyday.  By the end of the four weeks I felt like I was at camp.  We had breakfast from 8-9am, class 9:15am-5:30pm (with breaks and lunch in between), 5:30-6:30pm we usually swam in the lake, 6:30-7:30pm dinner, and then the rest of the night we worked in the studio and sometimes had a few cocktails.  One of the wonderful aspects of this internship was having 24hr access to the studio.

Print Shop

Print Shop

Print Shop

1st Class: I took a class called Tradition Typography/book design with Ron Gordon.  I am not formally trained in graphic design so this was a great/eye opening experience.  I will never be able to look at design or type the same because of this class.

This is how I felt after my first class!!!

2nd Class: I assisted/took the wire binding class with the amazing Daniel Kelm.  This man is a walking encyclopedia at least when it comes to any topic relating to chemistry or bookbinding.  I not only learned how to do wire binding but I walked away with so much other useful tips and information.

Class binding away

Daniel hard at work

Daniel showing us some chemistry!!!

Wire binding!

3rd Class: Learning how to cast lead monotype from the Bixlers.  In the beginning this class was the only reason I had any interest to apply for this internship.  IT WAS AMAZING!  The bixlers are the most generous people ever and taught me so much.  I learned how to cast entire fonts and I also key padded, casted, and printed one of my brother’s poems.  Printing from fresh virgin type is the best!

The casting room!

Key padding my brothers poem

The melted lead!

My virgin type hot off the caster!

Mr. Bixler and I

Basically I ended up having one of the best learning experiences of my life during my internship at Wells.  They have wonderful facilities and even better faculty.

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Wells Summer Institute!

I was in upstate New York for an internship at Wells College Book Art Center with a population of 500 for the month of July. Yes I did say 500!! Aurora is so small it’s called a village not a city, town, or county!  The airport looked more like a store than an airport with only one baggage claim belt. I began to worry more as I am riding down a road heading to Wells college and all I see is farmland and the bars on my cell phone drop more and more the closer I arrive to campus. No service+no wireless+population 500= panic!

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Airport!!!!!!!!

Then I took a minute to pull myself together and realized this could be a wonderful/productive experience if I take advantage of it!  There were a total of four interns who stayed the entire four weeks and then every week we had a new group of students and teachers.

My dorm at Wells

The one road that drives through Aurora. In front is Lake Cayuga. Behind is Well’s campus and then down the road is their “downtown” (post office, ice cream shop, bar/restaurant, and a market.)

Interns: Laura Rowley, Me, Claire Siepser, & Crane Guiamo
They are all studying to receive their MFA in Book and Paper at the University of Alabama.

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