Drammen Valley (Holi)days!

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Galpaca Farm Alpacas, Munchkey Apples, Market Weight Press, and Linstroth’s Valley View Farm for 2 days of Holiday Fine Art, Fine Crafts, and our bountiful Fall Harvest Produce. Continue reading

Alpaca prints…t-shirts

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Artist, S.V. Medaris in brown alpaca tee, smiles in front of lines of prints: full-color Alpaca Sky prints and alpaca t-shirts, all drying.

‘Alpaca Sky’ • print size: 18in x 24in • reduction linocut

Our neighbors–Mindy and Linda of Galpaca Farm have the most beautiful, engaging, patient and fun models — Alpacas! Continue reading

Grrr Kitty

The story behind GrrrKitty:

mixed media work of hanging deer carcass and small kitten licking up blood from it

“A Wisconsin Tradition” by S.V. Medaris • 8ft x 6ft • acrylic paint, relief printing and lithography on watercolor paper. More pics at the Consumption Show. (click image to enlarge—and see the kitten)

I was photographing a deer being processed in my neighbor’s front yard. While the humans worked away on this hanging buck, carefully skinning, then cutting the different cuts of venison out, the animals gathered and sat quietly, awaiting their flung piece of meat that was expertly tossed into the waiting mouths of each of the various Weimaraners, and other dogs. The cats however, moved in, and whenever there was an opening, ran forward and settled down to lick up the pooled blood near the buck’s head.

There was this very fierce little kitten, the tiniest kitten I’ve ever seen. Small in stature, but huge in attitude, energy, spirit. I approached her to take her photo, and the highest-pitched, cutest little growl came rumbling out of her venison-filled mouth. She was working on this huge (for her) hunk of deer meat, and as I approached, she glared at me very ferociously, then slammed her tiny puffball of a paw down right next to her meat. Then to the other side “Bam!!” (I’m sure she heard), but it was only a soft, barely perceptible “poof” sound. And the high-pitched growling. I just fell in love with her survivalist, ferocious instinct. She was going to eat her venison and NOBODY was going to touch it.

blockprint of ferocious kitten with text "Grrrrrr"

One of the men working on the deer was taken by her too (everyone was laughing at this outrageously brave little fuzzball), and shortly afterward adopted her and took her home. After watching her thump her paw down first one side, then the other—delineating her space around HER food and keeping out all threats, he called her “Thumper.”

I did a mixed media piece (at top), about 8ft tall, depicting this scene of the huge hanging buck, and the tiny kitten below it, drinking the pooled blood. A fellow grad student at the time said, “If you ever do a t-shirt with that kitten on it, I want it.” Recently, I was finally able to send that t-shirt to him (black on grey t-shirt). And here it is now, in bright colors for the kiddies at the shop!

For now, here is a hodgepodge of kids’ tees—many colors—to see which ones folks like the most, available at the online shop. I will most likely do an edition of kids tees in hot pink + one other color—help decide! Send your votes at any time to info@marketweightpress.com.

Thinking of doing a small edition of GrrrKitty on pink women’s tees…any interest? Want it in an adult size? Let me know what color/size and I’ll see if there’s enough interest in an edition. See the kids t-shirts (below) now at the Market Weight Press shop brightly colored toddler t-shirts block-printed with kitten on front, and Market Weight Press logo (hog) on back

Printmaking serendipity=new transfer technique

Super psyched… Accidentally printed a linoblock on pressbed, and discovered simple way to recreate new block from old. I’ve always transferred block print to acetate or similar before transferring the print onto another block (this is so I have a backup block in case the original block breaks down–like if ur printing 100 t-shirts….).

This transfer to pressbed instead of acetate is way better. Photo below shows process of each print–each one went thru the press one by one (right to left)–1.)right/original block, 2.)print on plexi/pressbed, 3.) print onto new block of lino (placed it face down over the pressbed print and ran thru press).

Can show each step (got photos), but will do later–have to clean the pressbed!
GrrrKitty transfer

(Oh yeah, and I’d have 2 carve the lino after image is transferred, but that’s the easy part)

#takachpress #marketweightpress #linocut #printmaking

Printing for Printbangerz

Printbangerz Ball and Art Market coming up soon (next weekend!), so printing “under $50” items…. Found some pretty sturdy ripstop nylon bags, smooth enough to print woodcut/linocut on. They even have a cool little toggle-close inner pocket. Here’s a sampling of the designs I’m using:

colorful bags with block-printed designs on them

Ripstop nylon bags with variety of Market Weight Press designs…Polish chicken, GrrrKitty, Big piglet, Praise the Lard

So far, the consensus on FB is Big Piglet, Polish and PTLard. The GrrrKitty I’m saving more for tees.

Here’s one for my neice in a 3T, below. Also printing on grey, pebble brown and pink tees and tanks for women and juniors, and some smaller-sized adult, moss green or grey tees…

Fierce kitten linocut with Grrrr text on pink tee

Grrr Kitty on pink 3T tee. Linocut. Why so fierce? This little kitten was defending her meat and blood from anyone who dared approach. A deer was being processed behind/beside her (not on the linocut here). She (pretty wild little kitten) was guarding and eating everything up. Growling ferociously in her tiny voice and slamming her tiny front paw down on either side of the morsel she was devouring, should you try to come near. Survivalist kitten.

And some different sizes, below.

fierce kitten linocut printed on a variety of colored tees

GrrrKitty tees. Linocut on cotton.

Printing mostly PTLard and Cornish Cock for the bigger adult tees, with some GrrrKitty on women’s pebble brown and grey tees.

Prices for each item will be around $20. Will have available for sale after Printbangerz, when I return and set up my online store–soon I promise.

Frogman’s 2013

close-up of toad face

Toad, not frog

litho of hog holding platter with a ham on it. Background letters read: 'Jambons...Le Porc....100% de porc americain.

Final print, “Jambons (Hams)” 9in x 6in, 5-color lithograph (polyester plate litho). CLICK TO ENLARGE

This year at Frogman’s printmaking workshops I’m taking polyester plate lithography with one of my alltime favorite artists: Katherine Polk and Andy Polk. They are great instructors too!

JULY 9: Today I got the keyline color (black) down in a small edition of 10. With this process, the Polks print the black or dark color keyline first.

Tomorrow we start adding color in transparent layers over the black. Very exciting.

All the other colors are primarily a transparent tint base with just a smidgeon of color added. It’s like painting watercolors or dyes over an ink drawing. The effect is translucent, rich, glowing color. It can be magical.

JULY 11: Here are some of the steps below, in order of printing:

black on white prints of hog carrying platter of ham

Jabons prints drying on rack, first layer of ink: black.

2-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 2: salmon.

3-color print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 3: slightly green cyan.

print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 4: subtle cream-colored overlay (over whole sheet of paper), to sort of antique the image.

full-color litho print of hog carrying platter of ham

Color 5: Golden orange-yellow layer added to hog/platter/ham section of print.


Frogman’s…


…is not just printmaking. They have lectures, artists’ talks, museum/gallery walk, karaoke, bowling, open portfolio…all scheduled on different days/eves. Basically, it’s nonstop printmaking by day and night, with social events most eves.

The other night, after midnight, coming home from bowling, I chanced upon this little critter:

side-view, toad on pavement, night sky behind

Someone told me this is a Buffo toad.

And here we are, at the bowling alley/bar near the dorm where we stay…. For bowling, your team has to wear a costume. You’re limited to $5 per costume, and so, many folks head to the local thrift shop to find their costumes. We happened upon plastic flower pots and creepy little rubber human heads, which of course gave us the team name of Pot Heads. Green lace and string for capes…

dark interior of bowling alley, people with flower pots on heads

Meet Team Pothead.

And a close-up of our awesome hats: