So basically I am a printmaker. At least that was how I was known where I lived for many years. Of course I did other work, but for some reason, even before I started only working in printing, I was referred to as a printmaker.
I have not pulled a print for almost 2 years. When I moved, I sold my beloved printing press and all of my show inventory has since been liquidated. So when I was asked by a local organization if I would donate something I had a challenge as I had nothing to give. The challenge was to print by hand, something I have not done in many many years and did not even have the right equipment for. Yes, there is always the old back of a large spoon, but to get a really clean print, you need something a bit more high end.
I decided it was time to purchase a few necessary tools so I referred to my McClain’s catalogue to research barrens, a small circular tool for hand transfers. My barren arrived last week. Then I had to decide weather to cut a new block or use one of the very few blocks I saved. I am also testing a new paper, Unryu, which is a strong thin eastern (rice) paper with swirling fibers. This paper works well for hand transfers. With the newness of the paper and barren, I decided that was enough of a learning curve and figured the best way to measure if my prints were successful was to print the blocks I currently had. I was very pleased with the result and have three small linocuts to donate. I feel it is important to donate your best work. Many artist drag something out of a closet they do not like but I think that is a big mistake. It is always important to show your best work.