Back in the studio
carving the images for
I like sketching images
in my notebook before
making an outline on the
linoleum block. For me,
the process is very organic
and my final carving doesn't
exactly look like my sketch. Marke Kirschen aka "the two cherries"
carving tools are great. They are easy
to hold and fit perfectly in my palm.
Experimenting with different
ways to embed
string into handmade papers
for my new series Monsters.
Baltimore has great water for
making paper and I don't have
to do much on that end.
Neutral pH level!
I have been separating the initial
salvaged papers in recycle
bins and playing around
with combining the really high end
papers with samples of
glossy, highly processed ones.
Overall, I love the quality of the papers.
However, as a printmaker
I have always used
China's Red Star Xuan papers
Japan's Kitakata (love it for book binding)
which makes me want to
really test the papers I have been
making. I have inquired about
working with a local chemist/scientist.
all my manipulations
were done by hand
in the darkroom
under a dim red light
today when I was
making handmade paper
and manipulating the textures
with hand carved molds
I was reminded of the
experiments I performed
in the darkroom
with C-41 & E-6 films
and fiber papers
some of the handmade papers
feel like skin and are
as soft and durable
I am looking forward to
posting these experiments
in the upcoming weeks
Livre d' artiste & Department of State Art in Embassies Program I love book arts becausethe tactile nature of handmade books invokes exploration and interaction by inviting the viewer to turn eachpage and explore the images,textures, and words of a visually narrative worldorchestrated by the lifeof an artist.
When I was selected for the program
one of the first questions the curators
had was, Can they be touched?Absolutely, was my response.
I wanted my books to be read,
the pages touched,
and viewed in the palm
of the reader's hand.
I created sturdy, durable
matching clamshell boxes
to house the books and
allow personal handling
I also began to create more
durable covers to allow for
natural wear and tear.
I experimented with several different
gel mediums as textures before
working with thick modeling paste.
Modeling paste was the most
flexible and allowed for
the types of sculptural
effects I wanted to achieve.
With Invisible, I used iconic silho…
A dim light bulb hangs
from above, illuminating
a tiny space for Truth False pressure waves
No time to glance out
the peephole One last thought before waves of compressed air hit her, knocking her into silence Truth is dead handmade accordion book with silver leaf cover and matching clamshell box with custom protective pouch
Working as a visiting artist to a few
New York City high schools
I like to create projects that combine
current events and art.
One project students loved was the Map Project.
I asked each student where she or he came
from and to find a map of their hometown.
This led to very interesting conversations
because, surprisingly, half the students
were not from New York.
And, some were from other continents.
Two students were from Michigan, and knew
people who lost homes from the horrific tornados.
One student was from Japan and discussed the
Tsunami. Students from Asia and Africa
discussed recent events in their countries.
But enough of my thoughts,
here is what they had to say about
the experience: "As you look at the installation, you will notice references to the destruction and turmoil in our country over the course of the last year, but you will also have the sensation of connecting the dots to a future time and place. Her work incorporates found materials and material…
The Russian word Life was
printed on many of the
postcards that I mailed.
I really like working with
lithographs and silkscreens,
however with this project,
I didn't have a lot of space
or time for those processes.
With linoleum and wood,
I can take the little blocks
everywhere, cut anywhere,
and print anytime.
I began the text
by writing the
mirror images of
Russian and German words
on the linoleum block.
I removed all of the background,
leaving only the lettering.
looking through the telescope
this is what I see: who will make itshouts old Boreas as heblows studio doors openrevealing the souls ofpenniless artiststo hungry Universe Eurynome, disguised as eternal Spring, dancesto heavy drum beatscrushing weak hearts beneathher green stilettoed feet Hesiod steps aside, lettingartists write new endingsto ancient tales creation beginssc
Recycled Art Exhibition Background
Salvage: A Waste of Materials, A Wealth of Art, headed by the Bureau of Solid Waste’s Office of Recycling is a recycled art show featuring various mediums of art from established and arising local artists. Salvage will be presented as part of the Drive to 35: Baltimore’s Race to Reach a 35% Recycling Rate campaign.VenueBaltimore Public Works Museum 751 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21202Dates Opening Night
March 22, 2013 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Exhibit Run
March 23 – May 18, 2013 Artist Contribution/Submission
Local and regional artists have created 2D and 3D artworks made out of curbside recycling materials like plastic bottles, glass and cardboard. The following is a full list of artists participating in the show.
Diana L. Spencer
Erika Kim Milenkovic
Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack
in search of beauty
collected bags of discarded
memories in yellow,
blue, and black on white
i reach into your center
to feel the hands
that touched you before me
from where do you come?
what eyes have read your words?
how many hands have unwrapped you? to know your history is to understand your essence i must deconstruct you to a pulp sc
I had an idea to mail
U.S. Postal Service,
but fear prevented me from
doing it for years.
I was afraid to send such delicate, beautiful,
handprinted (some with real 22K gold)
without envelopes through the mail. What if the recipients never received them?What if the cards were damaged along the way?What if they were lost?What if the recipients threw them in the trash?
In the autumn of 2012, I read how real
babies (yes, infants and toddlers) were
sent through the United States Postal Service
in the early 1900's.
as a child I loved writing letters
and I was sure I'd be a Lady of letters
computers, Internet, and modern technology
made me re-think how
I could send handwritten
correspondence through the mail.
I decided to create
from Aug - Dec 2012 I created over
two hundred handprinted postcards
and I began mailing them.