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My Newest Edition from Santo Press!

This one is so new it is not even signed yet! Just printed and published by Brent Bond and his marvelous and incredibly busy Santo Press, this 3-color reduction lino print was both laser-cut and hand-cut. It also has some offset hand inking using sheets of wrinkled wax paper.

While trying to come up with an unusual background texture for this print, (and many failed attempts) I was inspired to create an unusual way to crease the wax paper. It dawned on me that I could try creasing the wax paper the same way silk is creased to form wrinkles in Shibori textile dyeing. This provided an unusual and delicate pattern on the wax paper which I call  Shibori-esque. I rolled a sheet of wax paper on a narrow wooden dowel and then pushed the paper down exactly like the pole-wrapping  technique (minus the string) used in Japan to dye textiles.

Brent masterfully incorporated the wrinkles of the wax paper with it’s lacey creases in an overlay of pale yellow on a darker orange ground. This print is the second of what will be a series of three 3-color reduction linocuts published by Santo Press. You can read about Web Mesh, the first print of the series here.

Web Pathway, Print by Janet Towbin, Web Pathway; 2017, reduction linocut; 10″ x 8″ on 14″ x 11″ paper; variable edition of 30; published by SantoPress.

Shibori technique wax paper sampleA close look at the Shibori-esque wax paper filled with delicate crinkles and patterns.

Brent Bond placing the wax paperPlacing the Shibori-esque wax paper on inked plate for 3rd color off-set.

Brent Bond using a roller to off-set print the 3rd colorBrent using a roller to offset print the 3rd color. The hand pressure exerted by the brayer causes the crinkled wax paper to push into the ink, leaving it’s crazed, lace-like markings in the ink.

brent 3The wax paper is removed, taking away a layer of ink–and leaving the crinkled impression behind. The 2-color print is then run through the press transferring the Shibori-esque, crinkled texture of the wax paper as the third and final color.

 

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Facets

Last week I signed two new print editions at Santo Press. That makes them the 47th and 48th editions printed by Brent Bond since our collaboration began in August, 2015. I know that is a record for both of us! I wouldn’t have been able to be this prolific without Brent’s expertise and hard work on my behalf. There are at least 5 more editions in “the queue” and I think I will be signing them very soon. Like next week!

The first print, Facets (blush) was printed in an edition of 50 for the 2017 Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s 8th Calendar. It is a 2-color photopolymer relief with laser-cut woodblock. The 2017 Calendar will be available December 9 through the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum’s website. If you pre-order now, you get off $5.00 of every calendar purchased. It is a great way to collect prints by local artists and to support the museum.

The second print is Facets (B&W), edition of 10. Facets (B&W) is a one-color photopolymer relief print.  $80.00

Facets (Blush)Facets (blush), 2016; photopolymer relief with laser cut woodblock; edition of 50; 7.5″ x 6″ image on 11″ x 9″ paper

 

Facets (B&W)Facets (B&W), 2016; edition of 10; photopolymer relief; 7.5″ x 6″ image on 11″ x 9″ paper.

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Tessellation 6

A new drawing completed this week; it’s number 6 in my Tessellation Series. I hope to add more drawings to this series and then search out a place to exhibit them. All the drawings are based on the same shape that is an interlocking pattern. The tessellated shape is very evident in this iteration–but in other drawings the shape is quite hidden.

drawing, graphite on paper,Tessellation 6; 22″ x 30″; Graphite on paper; 2016

Tessellation 6 detailTessellation 6 (detail); 22″ x 30″; Graphite on paper; 2016

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Circle Swirls: Drawing and Linocut

My newest relief print is based on the drawing “Circle Swirl” from my Patterns of Obsession series. Printed in an edition of 10 by Brent Bond at Santo Press, it is another laser-cut linocut. It amazes me how precisely the laser-cut can be on the linoleum’s surface. I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out. Soon I will be adding a digital color layer to the print making it into something else entirely. Can’t wait to get that started! It’s going to be so much fun to see how it evolves with color.

First, the drawing:

Circle SwirlCircle Swirl; 2016; graphite on Stonehenge paper; 16″ x 16″ image size; 22″ x 22″ paper size. POR

And the print:

Circle Swirl by Janet Towbin Circle Swirl; 2016; Laser-cut linocut; edition of 10; 16″ x 16″ image size; 23″ x 22″ paper size. $400.00

And here is a little teaser for you…my computer rendering (it’s a work in progress–the specific colors may change) of how I intend to add color to the print. Keeping my fingers crossed it will compare to what I can do in Photoshop.

 

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