Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
I cut a pair of scissors out of graph paper and another from the foam sheet you see in the bottom of meat trays. I wish I had taken the time to cut some from other materials. It would have been fun.
The term monotype is misleading because you get more than one image from an inked plate, though you're free to amend the plate with more materials and other ink and in doing that I got six prints out of the night. I wouldn't have chosen these colors for myself but they're the ones the class got out, and after all, I can learn with any color.
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wednesday was our guild holiday meeting /party and now we won't meet again until January. We pack so much into three hours, overindulging ourselves since we won't see it each now for two months. I sat with Lindsey who just moved here last February and started taking weaving lessons from Patty Huffer. I had met her at the double-weave workshop that Patty taught, so she in turn introduced me to Bobby, who was a brand new member, had just joined that day. In the course of conversation I realized that Bobby was the woman who came my table at our show-and-sale and said she had just finished weaving a set of towels from my pattern. We laughed about that and then she whipped out her phone to show them to me. Beautiful!!
Thursday evenings I "sit the store" which what I call my volunteer position of "ambassador" at the A6 gallery. But it's more than just tending the store, you need to be prepared to answer questions and show visitors around, answer the phone and ring up sales including credit card sales, which is a first for me. Last night was super busy. There was a large origami class in session when I got there at 3:00. We cleaned up just as the evening's OSU college students started to trickle in to get an early start.
Somewhere between then and 4:00 when the lecture started a woman popped in to drop something off for the fundraiser auction next week. She introduced herself to me explaining that she's on the board, so I said - oh, are you a printmaker? She's a potter who fell in love with prints. I told her that I'm a weaver who has fallen in love with prints. Do you spin? she asked. We had an interesting exchange about spinning as she's a former spinner who stopped, lost interest and got rid of her wheel. But she wants to spin again and someone has loaned her a wheel which she can't get to work. The short of it is that she's going to bring it in to the studio in two weeks when I'm there again and I'll bring oil and fiber. I'm not an adept wheel mechanic so I hope I can get her up and running. What a coincidence!
Friday, November 11, 2016
I inked the entire plate in black and then experimented with different implements and spatulas to see what effect they would make.
I liked the effect I got by using a sideways stroke with a spatula so extended it until I had a cityscape.
Here they are, hanging to dry.
I liked the effect I got by scraping the ink off with the spatula so used it to make flowers.
I liked the ghost print I got in woodcuts and had one more piece of paper so ran the plate a second time. I really liked the unexpected and really cool effect from the wrinkled felt pad on the press. You'll see it if you click for big. We are printing on wet paper here where we did the woodcuts with dry paper.
There were three other students in the class and this is their work. This coming Monday we're going to be print using layers of ink and found items like feathers and leaves.
This is the piece that I submitted to the members-only Holiday show next month. It's the same way I feel about entering weaving into the Fair - it gives me ownership of the event. I sat the studio yesterday from 3:00-7:00. Dawn came in about 5:30 to get ready for her OSU class and was terribly agitated. Two students were expelled from her son's middle school on Wednesday and on Thursday two more were expelled and six were suspended - for taunting the Latino students, making fun of them and telling to go back to where they belonged! The news covered it today, with the teachers and administration saying that it would NOT be tolerated. It's only a couple of days since Americans elected a bully to the White House and it's already starting in the schools.
The good news of the evening was that my piece is one of the 20 that the juror selected. I titled it Saturday Night because it's the excitement of the weekend when you're young, going out on a date, dancing, meeting new friends. The show is titled Red and you're supposed to complete the statement "Red is......." I said "Red is what you paint the town!"
We took it in to be framed before the Veterans Day Parade today. Most of the members take their work to Denise and I learned the hard way this morning that in the future, I need to take a piece in and get an estimate of the cost so I can include it in the price. If this sells my profit will be $6.00!
I'm pretty excited that my first piece to show is in there getting framed along with the pieces from the legitimate artists. I think I'm the only student submission.
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
By placing Mary's shelving display unit at an angle Gillian had a small table in this wedge on one side and I had the wedge on the other, and Mary's stuff was on Mary's rack.
This was my domain. It was a little difficult to get in out out of the area but I appreciated the bright window as the lighting in the interior of the room wasn't the greatest. One woman was looking at my towels and commented to me that she had finished weaving this draft. I said yes, that's my pattern. She said, no - I got it out of a Handwoven issue. I laughed and said yes, it's my article! It tickles me when this pattern appeals to other weavers because I love it still.
I was using a the PayPal Now scanner on my iPhone but after I had rung up four sales it froze my account saying that suspicious activity had been detected. I get that I haven't used it since last March but since I'm putting money into the account, I don't understand their worry. Mary covered for me and let me put $200 in sales on her Square. I've since gotten that resolved and it was the only hitch in the event.