Monday, September 28, 2009

More eyeballs!!!

We completed another session of Emily's crazy crazy prints!  This one is half the size as the others shown previously.  It is a semi-square format measuring 47.5 " x 55".  This is one of my favorites!

After drying, the prints are carefully rolled onto glassine-lined tubes

Machine Project Benefit Tickets

   Today I completed printing event tickets for Machine Project , a non-profit community space in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles investigating art, technology, natural history, science, music, literature, and food.  In their storefront on North Alvarado street they produce events, workshops, and site-specific installations using hands-on engagement to make rarefied knowledge accessible.  Outside of the storefront, they operate as a loose confederacy of artists producing shows at locations ranging from the Santa Monica beach to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They are currently developing a year long project (starting in January 2010) exploring how visitors experience the Hammer Museum.
   These tickets are for a benefit event being held to help raise support for this Los Angeles gem. For more information, please visit their website.
   The tickets were printed on heavy card stock using Bembo metal type.
Performing letterpress surgery

The final product!

Delirium from hours of printing makes you see a strange water creature...


Thursday, September 24, 2009

June Wayne

Last night I was informed last minute that there was an opportunity to see June Wayne speak in an intimate setting in Hollywood.  Because June is in here 90's, I canceled class at LMU to see her.  June is a remarkable woman who is responsible for the creation of Tamarind and the livelihood of printmaking in this country. Her tale is long and facsinating.  She tells a tale of being a female artist during The Depression, the influence of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the craft of making the perfect edition worthy lithograph.  Because I had heard her speak before, I felt her very present within my experience at Tamarind. She is a strong,ambitious woman with a warm insightful sensibility. I was very lucky to get to speak to her about my experiences with Tamarind.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


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Tuesday, September 15, 2009


I printed business cards for my mom's new line of knitted accessories--Yarnbling!
I used a boxcar photopolymer plate on a Universal I letterpress. She uses various yarns and vintage buttons.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Emily Joyce-EYEBALLS!!!!!

Hello everyone.
I wanted to share some pictures from a project I recenly completed with an artist named Emily Joyce. Emily was referred to me by a former teacher of mine from Otis, Melissa Thorne. She called me just as I returned back from Tamarind. Her work is very similar to the pictures below in scale and imagery, but are made up of vinyl stickers stuck to a mylar-like material called Duralar. The problems she was facing were hours and hours spent cutting, and the vinyl was working it's way off of the Duarlar as temeratures changed. How to solve such problems? SCREENPRINT them!

As you can see this was a crazy ambitious project to start, but clearly fun and exciting.
As the prints took shape we became hypnotised by the optic spinning eyeballs. Hours of taping, exposing, mixing, figuring out registration tools, blow drying, cleaning, testing, cupcake eating, pandora serching, muscle spasms...with the help of many assistants, and the Otis printmaking lab, we completed 3- 55" x 88" prints, 1800 pulls, close to 70 hours of work. And they are beautiful!!!!