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52 Weeks of Printmaking: Week 12

Power of the Spirits This week has been a busy one.  I've been painting and dyeing fabrics for my newest textile book.  This is the fifth book of the series.
Silkscreening my poems onto the fabrics adds an interesting dimension, especially when I use gold and silver inks.

I've been combining my hand painted fabrics with African fabrics to create unique patterns and designs.  So far, I really like how this series is progressing and I look forward to showing you more.

52 Weeks of Printmaking: An Invitation from Moscow, Russia

Everyone who closely follows my work knows that sometimes I use live models.
These models are usually stage actors or appear on television and in movies.   So imagine my surprise when a casual conversation with a Russian actress turned into a portrait and an invitation to Moscow.   I printed the final image on linen textile with dazzling rhinestones.  In person, these rhinestones were shining like diamonds, however, my camera couldn't capture their brilliance.


When Amy Adams visited my studio!

I am reposting this blog post because it cheers me up.  I hope it cheers you up too!

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The holiday season is always full of wonderful surprises and unexpected gifts.  It feels like yesterday, but actually it was December 2005.
It was my first art residency at a quaint gallery in Denver, Colorado.  Of all the regular visitors to the studio/gallery, I particularly loved talking to one.  Kathryn was her name and she was a wonderful photographer.  We talked forever about "all things art, design, and aesthetics." (Our special topics were  darkrooms, new technology, and old time photographers such as Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.)
One day, we began to talk about films, and I mentioned that my favorite movie was this indie film  Junebug.  And, I began to tell her about this amazing actress, Amy Adams.  The rest is history!
Kathryn is Amy's mom.

On the last day of 2014, I will leave you with some advice Amy Adams gave me, "Work…

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 10

Creating Handcrafted Textile Books This is how it all begins: Embroidery and drawings on linoleum.

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 9

Vintage Velvet, Embroidery & Silkscreens This week's book See Us is about bringing to light that which has been in the dark.
See Us,  is also the title of the main poem in the book.  I silkscreened the poem on the textile page.  When the text was dry, I hand embroidered glass beads to the page.
To further the motif of "see us" I printed many of the images with a pale ink on the dark velvet.  This created haunting, ghost-like imagery. The finished book: The poetic interweaving of rare African textiles, modern fibers, original imagery, and poetry.  

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textiles: Week 8

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art On Wednesday, scholars got a chance to review my newest handcrafted textile books.   It was wonderful to have them look through each page and give me feedback.  
The most frequent comment was that the wood covers looked like glass.  I explained that over 45 days, I applied 25 thin coats of poly to achieve that look.
What is so interesting about this comment is I really wanted to have glass covers for these books, and I looked into it.  There were two problems: 1. I would've had to hire someone to create the glass covers and 2. They would have been too fragile for my project.  (I shattered a sample while transporting a piece to my home.)

52 Weeks of Printmaking on Textile: Week 7

This entire series is inspired by rare African textiles that I received from the Smithsonian National African Museum of Art in Washington, DC back in October 2016.
After the initial surprise of receiving such prized beauties, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them: Make rare handcrafted books.