Exchange, getting things done

paper, fortune

I was chosen to participate in a Postcard Collective exchange, for the second time.  (Remember this little print that I made for the previous exchange?)

I really love participating in print exchanges because they provide an opportunity to make work that might be a little outside of whatever I’m working on at the time.  It’s an opportunity to play and to share, and to see what others are up to.  Checking the mail is really exciting during a postcard exchange.  More and more I am realizing and appreciating the importance of community, and print exchanges are a beautiful manifestation of this.

In other news, I return to teaching preschool next week (in a different role); ceramics class starts the week after, the letterpress monitor schedule needs to be drafted; I’ve been reading Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar and all I want to do is twist and stretch and bend and bind, but fortunately tomorrow is free yoga day at Tucson Yoga; and I have one more graduate school application to send off.  Things are both wrapping up and beginning.  I’m looking forward to the next six months; it looks to be busy, fruitful, telling, and productive.

Exchange, getting things done

iamfeelingsomanyfeelings (gratitude)

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Here are some scans from a recent book: “iamfeelingsomanyfeelings (gratitude), typewriter, Polaroids, etching, map, ticket, thread, 8 5/8 x 7 1/4”, 2012.

If you can’t tell, lately I’ve been in the mood to type on the typewriter and sew and weave bits of (sentimental) trash.

 

…Maybe it’s time to start drawing again.

iamfeelingsomanyfeelings (gratitude)

Scientific

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You guys, I have a problem. A photo etching problem. So I’m trying to approach it scientifically.

These plates are taking forever (by forever, I mean forty-five minutes to an hour instead of five or less) to develop. Adjusting the strength of the developer helps, but I’m not a hundred percent sold that all the emulsion is off, and even the thinnest film blocks out the acid. I just sent an email to Graphic Chemical inquiring on the age of the developer; it looks expired to me, so perhaps that will be resolved soon.

In general, though, I’m worried that these plates simply are too unreliable for the amount of money they cost. Does anyone have any advice? They used to develop well, no problem, when I started making them about a year ago. I’m hoping for an emulsion that I can apply myself to a zinc plate to sidestep the one-shot nature of these plates so I can redo if I need to.

Advice? I’m trying make etchings on zinc using some photographic process.

Maybe it’s time to learn photogravure! (Probably not; I am really just looking for any excuse to learn how to make photogravures.)

Scientific

A sampling of recent work

I am interested in exploring pairs of forces that counter one another, yet somehow coexist.

The Knots series examines the tension between predictability and volatility, knowing and not knowing, and the internal and external.  I’ve connected this set of ideas to R.D. Laing’s book Knots, in which the psychiatrist investigates circular patterns of thought in relationships.  Other influences to this body of work include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, family photo albums, my experiences as a preschool art teacher, and intuitive responses to materials: string, trophies, photographs, and textiles.

Lately I’ve been manifesting these ideas in books, prints, and embroideries.

 

To eat and to be eaten,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, Polaroid, closed dimension 4.5 x 5.25 x .5″, 2012

 

An interior view of “To eat and to be eaten

 

The self that is afraid of,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 5 x 7 x .25″, 2012

 

An interior view of “The self that is afraid of

 

I am doing it,” letterpress flexagon, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 2 x 3.5″, 2012

 

Interior view of “I am doing it

 

Untitled in-progress embroideries, diameters ranging from 4″ to 10″

 

Detail, untitled embroidery

A sampling of recent work