the true north strong and free

10 Aug

Several months ago I signed up for a print portfolio that would include 50 international artists, and I finally sent my submission off this week. Organized by Christopher Clark, the project is called “The Littlest Print Exchange” and the only specifications given to all printmakers is that the final paper size be 3″ x 3″. I wasn’t sure if many other Canadians would be involved, and since I am such a proud hoser I decided to make a little kitschy tribute to my beloved country.This adorable mini print features one of my favorite lines from Canada’s national anthem “the true north strong and free” with a maple leaf at the bottom and an adorable illustration of a brown beaver gnawing at a tree branch on the top right corner. It is a four color gocco screeprint (red, brown, grey, black): each color layer is hand-drawn separately to create a stencil and then each layer is hand-printed one at a time. The collection of prints make an edition of 51; each artist gets 50 prints back (1 from each artist’s edition including their own) & 1 portfolio set is used for exhibition and archives. I can’t wait to get all the prints back! I was thinking about how cool it would be to just frame them all together in 20″x 30″ as a collection piece or perhaps I will keep them all as a box-set on my glorious bookshelf… but more to come when they eventually mail me my set of all 50 different artist’s hand-pulled prints. Until then I hoped you enjoyed getting a sneak peak at my cute little Canadiana-inspired edition!

8 Responses to “the true north strong and free”

  1. Russelle Adams 10/08/2011 at 20:56 #

    Very cool! I’d like to participate sometime…can’t wait to see what prints you get :)

  2. ezerd 10/08/2011 at 21:01 #

    Awesome! I wish I had heard about that one. Sweet.

  3. Jeannine | SaylorMade 10/08/2011 at 21:12 #

    I like it!!

  4. Katie C 12/08/2011 at 10:05 #

    Aww, so sweet! I love the wee beaver at the top. My grandma lives in Canada – I’m yet to visit but I will one day :)

  5. Kye Sangha 15/08/2011 at 11:18 #

    I know I told you on twitter-but I just ~love~ these! Truly effective art is often (deceptively) simple, and this design just pops! I’m so excited to see the full blog you’ll do on the set that comes your way-and inspired to keep my eyes open for more opportunities to collaborate with other artists!

  6. Crystal 15/08/2011 at 17:48 #

    These are amazing! I love how it pops!
    Looks like you have been very busy and productive this summer :)
    Hope you are having a great time with your loved ones as well.
    Much Love,

  7. anika 18/08/2011 at 12:40 #

    Oh, wow. i love this. I too would actually pull out my print gear to participate in a mini-print exchange like this. I think there’s something about small stuff that I just love! I also look forward to you getting the other prints. It’ll be fun to see the variety all together!


  1. the littlest print exchange | - 28/09/2011

    […] the national anthem along with a beaver and maple leaf. You may remember the process post I wrote here about my print. Anyway, to recap, it was for an awesome printmaking portfolio that I signed up for which runs […]

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