Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Oil and Water Don't Mix

The Oil & Water Dont’ Mix poster by British designer Anthony Burill is printed with oil collected from the soiled beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. The limited edition posters ( 200 prints ) are being sold to support CRCL or The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring the Gulf of Mexico’s coastal wetlands.

Homemade Press

Past UM graduate printmaking student Amanda Turpen, who now lives in New Orleans, recently built herself a hydraulic relief press.
You can check out more pictures of this press by clicking here.

Video on operating the press. CLICK HERE.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Do you feel lucky? PUNK!

That's right, its Clint Eastwood's immortal line, "...You've have to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"
So why Dirty Harry. Because it's time again to GET DIRTY, and GET PUNKED for this years:


Thursday, December 9th starting at 6:30 pm. Bring T-shirts, fabrics and print paper to print on for both your own design and those of other artists. Costumes encouraged!
Please bring a potluck item, I"ll order us some pizza's.

Friends and family are welcome.

How playing cards were printed in the 15th century

Woodcut Printing 1450-1520

Woodcut Printing 1450-1520

Tugboat Press

More on TUGBOAT Press here.

Evan Lindquist


Patrick Gannon

Cut paper on wood.
Click here to see more.

Annie Bissett

Annie Bissett is one of the artists we looked at when we visited the Jundt. She does a lot of moku hanga prints.
Click here to learn more and see the process.

Yang Rui

More of Yang Rui's moku hanga prints here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Peter Callesen

"Transparent God", 2009, cut paper

Lately I have worked almost exclusively with white paper in different objects, paper cuts, installations and performances. A large part of my work is made from A4 sheets of paper. It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. This is why we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works.

The paper cut sculptures explore the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.

See more interesting cut paper sculptural work by clicking here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

2010 Steamroller Print Project

There are a few photos and the new video is now online.
Great job this year everyone.


Claire Emery; Visiting Artist

Local artist Claire Emery discussing her work with students and demonstrating Japanese printmaking methods.

Marie Weaver

Click here to go to her website.

And also interesting quirky drawings by boey. CLICK HERE.

Gillyin Gatto

Click here to see more woodcuts.

Jean Gumpper

Chipita Park's, Jean Gumpper has said her own artistic work is an effort to "let the landscape act as a visual metaphor for emotions and experiences." Ms. Gumpper's exquisite woodcut prints create an evocative, semi-abstract view of woodland foliage and waterside plant life with close-up images with reflective light and still waters. Some of her prints, in their spatial relationships and attention to nature, honor Asian painting and woodcuts.
Click here for more.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Day of the Dead Parade Info

WHEN: Tuesday, November 2nd.

Friends and family are welcome to participate in the parade with us. If you want help carrying your print, or just friends beside you that’s great. We can always use extra people to help out.

5:00- 5:30 pm.
Meet downtown behind the train (Near the 3 Red X’s)
Assemble your stanchion and attach your print.
Tools will be put away at 5:30!!!!!!!!!
Arriving after that time, means you will not be part of the parade.


6:00 pm.
Parade Starts PROMPTLY AT 6:00

Parade ends in Caras Park.
Take off your print, take off the hose clamps and return to Jim.
Carefully stack your PVC pipes in the back of the truck.


For as long as there have been boats there has been a fear of the deep. Sailors tell tales of the Kraken or the Leviathan, gargantuan creatures with tentacular arms that emerge from the gloom to drag down ships. No doubt these sea monsters are based on the giant squid that are sometimes found washed ashore. In Japanese folklore the Umibozu has a large round head said to resemble the shaven heads of Buddhist monks, more like an octopus than a squid. The name Umibozu is derived from the characters for the sea and for monk. The Umibozu is like a lost soul seeking vengeance and it will capsize the boat of anyone who dares to speak with it.
Kaiju Manga no. 8 - Umibozu