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

Multi-color prints on letterpress

wood type and print on old letterpress 'Showcard' machineRecently we drove to an outlet mall in Illinois to get my “new” Showcard Press. That is, we arranged to meet the seller at the mall parking lot, pulled around the back, carried/lugged the press from one truck bed to the other, exchanged cash and some history about the press, then each drove away. Continue reading

Interview with The Fiddleback

Interview with S.V. Medaris
Interview with The Fiddleback, “an independent, online arts & literature magazine edited by a reclusive band of poets, writers, and audiophiles from across the country.”

Carcass block done

carcass image carved in woodblock done

(click image to enlarge) Block is done being cut, and first print has been printed! Zuzu (on left) is happy to be held, and Dexter (on right, with tongue) is elated.

Block is done! I printed the first two prints today (you can see where the red ink was rolled off the edges), and boy do they take a long time when you’re printing with a wooden spoon!!! I’m not very good at it–patience sorely lacking….

You can see the prints below. In the 2nd photo, the first print is on the left, and though it’s probably not obvious here, it IS fainter for various reasons: It’s the first print (ink soaks up into the woodblock somewhat with that first layer of ink rolled on), I’m inexperienced with printing this way, and I used the rough side of the Masa paper (thinking the print would stick more to the block and perhaps slip less). Since I’m printing these vertically, I was worried about the paper slipping/moving while I’m rubbing/printing the block, so I used a more porous side of the paper to print on, means the ink soaks into the paper more on this side.

8ft prints of hog carcass

(click image to enlarge) Prints are left to hang for a couple of days until ink is dry to touch and print can be handled.

The 2nd one came out much darker–thick blacks and full red–as it had a thicker layer of ink rolled on, I used the smooth side of the masa (no slippage–ink is sticky enough to hold onto the paper even with this vertical setup), and I paid more attention to how I was printing/pressing/rubbing the spoon over the raised parts…. Still, I can see this takes practice, and I don’t love printing this way, but it gets the job done when the block is too big for the press (which is “only” 30in x 40in–plenty big for most jobs).

You can see the first stages of working on this block at: Cutting up meat.

More to come when prints get cut out and applied to forms….

The studio (and beverage) tunnel

When we woke up yesterday, after the blizzard, we had 6ft drifts (see Feb 2 post ) and the path to the studio was drifted in.

So I started shoveling.

little terrier on top of pile of snow

Zuzu supervises the digging

Once the tunnel was dug, we could get to the studio. I went first and showed the littles (Dexter behind Zuzu) how awesome this would be.

little dogs look into snow tunnel

Showing them how to go through the tunnel.

Out in the studio, there is also my Diet Coke supply.

I began to teach Dexter and Zuzu about how this could be the beverage tunnel.

little dogs accompany human through a snow tunnel

With Diet Coke in hand we successfully retrieve the first can.

And then Zuzu piped up, agreeing to be my little drug-runner. That’s my girl!

little terrier, Zuzu with can of coke tied around neck

Zuzu in action!

And then Ivan tried his hand at helping with the adult beverages. We decided to let him do the heavy lifting. This is a bottle of Furthermore Brewery’s Fatty Boombalatty.

Great Pyrenees carrying a bottle of beer.

Ivan handles precious cargo....

The beverage tunnel is a success!