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the littlest print exchange

28 Sep

In August I completed a limited edition of 50 screenprints on the smallest size paper ever: 3″ x 3″. Titled “The True North Strong and Free” the print featured one of my favorite lines in 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 annually: “The Littlest Print Exchange.” Essentially the way any printmaking exchange works is: you print an edition that is the same size as the number of participants, so in this case 50. To see that my portfolio box with all fifty prints finally arrived this week in my postbox, was a THRILL ! I’ve got number 16 of each print, and I can honestly say that I am blown away by some of the talent within this tiny box. Honestly, it is so incredible what us printmakers can do with such a small piece of paper! For those of you who are interested in seeing all the gorgeous prints, that I am now lucky enough to own, visit the LPE website to view all the works via their online portfolio!

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brown paper bunny’s traveling journal

16 Jun

Australian Jessica Mack (aka @brownpaperbunny) is an incredible and fast-paced creative, so if you aren’t ready to keep up, don’t even bother clicking her name… Seriously, this girl is constantly exploring, making, producing, blogging, and just generally having fun.  Which brings me to the topic of this post: apart from constantly embarking on her own creative adventures, she also constructs projects and invites other artists along for the ride.  With the close of the Art House Co-op‘s sketchbook project 2011, she decided to keep the worldly journal concept going by creating a stitch-bound book and inviting eleven other sketchbook artists to collaborate on it. The traveling journal “Around The World” was born. Jessica Mack started the book. Here’s her blog post about the project.

The second artist that contributed was Gabriella Sainz from France. Here is her blog post about it and an image of her work: I was the third artist to find the journal in my postbox. Inside was a note written by Jess that instructed me of the format. First, I was to stick a stamp on the first page and fill out the bio questions. I chose one of my vintage beauties: a 4 cent stamp of caribou, and answered the required questions. Next I had a 2 page spread to create an image that was to be inspired by around the world, international or mail. This isn’t my normal style, but with these kind of interactive and very different projects, I like to get outside of the ordinary and just have fun. I am a fan of cliches so I hope that explains the inspiration. I know that if anyone is offended by this silly image, they don’t have a sense of humor. (PS: since drawing this image I have realized that one day I want to be the proud owner of a beaver-shaped mailbox).After that, I had one more page to work on. I wanted to do something different… I always enjoy making sketchbooks more interactive, with layers to discover. So, I attached a traditional air mail envelope onto the page, then filled it with stamps and mailing ephemera. On the right, a British Columbia sticker with an airmail pattern arrow to an Australia sticker.Finally I was to attach a stamp or two inside the back cover. Jess hopes that by the end of the book’s journey, it will be completed plastered with them. I added a couple nice vintage beauties, one depicting a post office and another about ‘O Canada’ (our national anthem), that had been mailed to me from Kamloops, BC. This project was a lot of fun, and I was happy Jessica dreamed it up and included me. I have packaged the traveling journal up and it is being sent along with my EPIC mail art reply for Jeannine Saylor, as she is next on the list. (I went to deliver it yesterday, but the postal strike is now on in 100 Mile House, so they aren’t accepting letters or parcels at this time…. but they second they open, this beauty is ready to travel to Sooke, BC). Stay tuned to Jessica’s original blog post to see how this mail bound project continues to evolve. Oh, and just to keep your curious and excited, I am also participating in Jessica Mack’s other traveling journal MixTape so make sure you look for that post in the future.

rabbit exchange prints

1 Jun

Above is one of the first few prints I made on my gocco press right before the new year. It was created in an edition that I submitted to the Year of the Rabbit Print Exchange. Now that the exhibition/sale in Toronto is finished, they sent a couple prints back my way. Unfortunately the package arrived damaged and one of the prints was slightly ripped on the edge. However it isn’t too noticeable, so I’m not going to bother getting on the phone with Canada Post (I did that dance to no avail when my Art House Co-op sketchbook project went missing, I’ll save myself the 30 pointless minutes this time around). Anyhow I was lucky to get 2 prints back from the exchange (slightly ripped or not). The first one is a linocut titled “Ra Ra Rabbit” by Kathleen McCrea from a student at the Ohara School of Art. It has two little bunnies kissing in the front and another on the side as the year 2011 repeats in the background. The other is a piece by Krysia Bower who did a pretty woodcut and printed it with a white acrylic then flocked it with silver sparkles. She included a little statement that I thought was cute and wanted to share: “During the winder months when the forest floor is covered deep with snow, I see the occasional rabbit tracks – never a rabbit. They seem to hide under piles of brush and snow only to emerge in the spring and invade my garden just as the flowers are starting to bloom. There they sit, among my tulips, munching at earth’s table of abundance.” They sent me a postcard of the exhibition details which is always nice to keep in a sketchbook or piled with other documentation. Along with it was an entry form for next year’s exchange 2012 THE DRAGON and a thank you for participating. Print exchanges are always a great way for printmakers to exhibit work outside of a local area, and also grants them with some bonus artwork in return!