believe it or not - spring is here!! the first narcisses and violets are blooming in my garden and tomorrow i'll pick a little bouquet of spring scent for my desk.
in the meantime, i made some new sets of gift tags for the shop, fruity and fresh, handcut, -punched and -printed. hope you'll enjoy!
these photos are from the last printing session in the studio. i have finally printed the last examples of the gasometer print, a commisson work i made for a stuttgart2009 calendar. remember, in july last year i was all busy with cutting and printing these...read more here
this 5 color linocut print in almost A2 size on handmade japanese kitakata paper was quiet a challenge and has cost me a lot of time and nerves. especially the last block with all the fine lines was very hard to print. i don't know if it would have been any easier with the use of a press, but pulling the prints by hand also allows a very accentuated and detailled way of printing. maybe the press would have smeared the fine lines in places i didn't want them to be..
i should post a better photo or scan of this anyway..
the calendar features 12 other stuttgart themed works by different well known artists from stuttgart and i am very thankful to be a part. unfortunately, the calendar was not available for public, but there's also a edition of 25 ( yes, 25 original hand pulled prints) available and from each print sold 70% go to the release art fund, which really is a good cause. if you are interested just send me a note or leave your comment...
by the way, spring is slowly crawling underneath the cold to southern germany, perfect weather to catch a cold, which, of course, i did too. never miss a trend ;)
wish you all nice beginning of the week..
last friday was a black day. i moved all my stuff from my studio, emptied and abandoned it completely and for good. this was anything else than easy for me and i cried a river. but - i am also glad that it's done and over. soon, i won't be able to move and work as i was used to and i certainly won't be for the first months of being a mother. still, i feel like amputated, no more printing (at the moment!!), no hide away, no workspace. sigh.
i loved these shabby, messed up rooms, so bright and full of light, my first real rented studio! it was not perfect, not at all, but i was glad i had the chance to be there. the whole yard is changing somehow and it seems like all is coming to a sad end soon...time is up.
anyway, it makes sense to spare the rent for the upcoming non-working months and then to find a new place, which hopefully will be a little more professional and where i can take my baby to. this was no place for nursing...
now i have all my printing blocks, inks, papers, canvasses etc at home, which funnily also feels good! i could (!) start printing right away, just need to find a little free space somewhere, haha.
i am so looking forward to all the upcoming changes and new things to happen. change is always good and exciting!
this linocut was inspired by a little, very very charming japanese woodcut print postcard a friend sent me a few years ago. i loved the little print so much that i wanted to make a big, poster sized version of it, to get a real landscape, panoramic print and test out my cutting skills, of course. so intersting structures! i have cut it for my own pleasure first then, and only printed some test sheets, some in combination with older gasometer prints of mine.
last december then, when i was printing the winterleuchten poster, i found the block again and in the mood for printing BIG STUFF , i thought this could make a nice poster print for friends of printmaking. So, this is now an edition of 25, available in my dawanda shop.