Sample pages from Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground: From Point-to-Point
"The man, who remains unnamed, seeks to advance his career and find love, but, like many of us, spends most of his time tending the minutiae of daily life…. Xu’s Everyman is an icon — that is, an actual icon."
Relief Print (linocut)
1. Think of 3 simple icons that represent something important about you. Draw them on a sheet of scrap paper.
2. Choose your favorite icon. Use a permanent marker to draw on your block. The icon should fill the block. Images will be reversed when you print them, so draw backwards if direction is important.
3. Carve out the white space on the block so your icon is the only flat raised area on your block.
4. Proof your icon 3 times
5. Print your icon in combination with at least two other icons so that you have a simple sentence. You can mix and match by borrowing blocks from other students.
6. Use one color of ink per icon.
Working on a book for the floating library project. The book is designed to be water resistant (TW graphic ink on Tyvek) because it will be part of a library located on a raft on the middle of Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. The text is printed on vellum laser jet paper.
In order to produce the book within a week and a half I designed it so that I could print 6 pages per screen. I chose to print on the floor because of the screen size.
In the spirit of fun jobs: alum shay spaniola (BFA ‘10) started her own company, bunglo, which “promotes a healthy and meditative lifestyle by designing peaceful textiles for the eyes and soul.”
Shay’s about to launch a bedding collection for NY designers. Go Stamps entrepreneurs!
For my students interested in textiles…
Working on litho stones in the atrium of the art building to take advantage of the beautiful light.
My first test using dolphin litho transfer paper
Call for interested students/recent students:
As part of my final year project, I will be producing a zine that’s about printmaking, photography and typography, and I’d love to have as many submissions as possible!
As I will be printing on a Risograph, I have limited colours available (black, red, blue, maybe green and yellow if the faulty drums are fixed…) but it would be amazing if I had more print submissions than photographs!
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Graining a very small stone using a second stone. It is easy to wind up with one stone convex or to have them stick together. Below is a panorama of the studio with the fully grained stones (to 220) covered on the left. I’ve finished 6 and have a couple more in progress.
Graining the litho stones (last week). My first goal was to get the ink off the stones, counter etch the ghosts and grain each stone with 80 grit until I had eliminated the ghost and the stone was level. I learned to grain stones using a piece of glass when I studied lithography in China. Muhlenberg’s levigator a are particularly nice and the job went much faster.
First lithograph in the Muhlenberg college studio & testing out the D&S biosolut and biolac. Success!