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Block Printing Workshop: Flora and Fauna Relationships and Interactions
September 13 @ 10:00 am - September 14 @ 4:00 pm
Celebrate the natural world by creating a work of art honoring the relationship between an animal and a plant. Block printing, a form of relief printing, is the oldest, simplest, and most direct approach to making an impression. Experience all aspects of the process, from handling and care of tools through inking and printing your own images by hand. Hand-pulled prints are not reproductions; each impression is individually inked and printed from the same block designed and carved by the artist. Details can be expressed in the areas cut away (negative), on the remaining raised surface (positive), or in both.
Price includes materials.
Day one will focus on creating a design appropriate for carving, transferring the design to the block, and learning cutting techniques. Day two will focus on the process of printing your block and methods of adding additional color to your image. You will go home with several prints as well as the block to continue printing more on your own.
Holly will show her own work and that of others as an introduction and will help you problem-solve each aspect of the process along the way. Bring an idea for a simple design, narrative or decorative, to carve in a 5″ x 7″ block (a 4″ x 6″ image including a 1″ border).
Holly Berry is an illustrator and block printmaker living in Waldoboro, Maine. A native of Southern Maine, she earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and has illustrated many award-winning children’s books, toys, and products. Along with illustrating, she makes relief prints of varied subject matter, working primarily in linoleum. Her designs are inspired by her immediate environment; the patterns, shapes, and textures that abound in the natural world; and her interest in textiles and decorative and folk art. She was recognized with an Individual Artist Fellowship in Printmaking by the Maine Arts Commission, is a member of the Boston Printmakers, and her work is part of the Maine-Aomori Print Exchange between Maine and Japan.