Airdrie, Alberta is home to a very neat studio and shop, Mukluk Magpies. While it is primarily a stain glass operation (trust me, they are one of the best in Alberta for all things glass related), they have been steadily amassing the work of regional artisans to sell through their gift shop as a complement to their other wares.
This morning I brought in a full selection of Flour Sack Cloths, Letterpress printed cards, framed Linocut prints and some paintings. I'm really excited to have another venue to show my work through.
You can find hours, directions and more on their website here.
Leighton Art Centre will be having a printmaking show from June 24th - September 24th and I am really excited that they have chosen all three of the pieces I submitted for consideration!
As some of you know, I'm working through this plates theme in my paintings lately and it seems to have jumped the barrier into my printmaking. I really enjoyed taking the time to carve out the patterns that have been so familiar to paint. Stripping away the colour, texture and tone to focus solely on the graphic nature of these pieces of china was immensely satisfying.
These are all printed in their own limited edition of 10. The first of each will be framed and available for sale at the Leighton Centre, the others in the edition will be for sale unframed (at the moment). Please send me an email if you are interested in knowing more about these pieces!
It's been a busy time of making in my little studio! I have a number of projects on the go - painting, linocut printmaking, letterpress, lesson prep and then I've had a couple of orders for flour sack cloths. I am very relieved I have moved on from the season of endless paperwork and can instead focus on getting my hands dirty every day!
I recently had to change suppliers for my flour sacks. Man, are these new ones ever nice! These are very thick and thirsty and they take the dye and ink beautifully. They are larger than my other flour sack cloths, they measure 30" x 36". Like any flour sack cloth, they get better and softer with age. These are heat treated so the ink is permanently bonded with the cloth. It's been neat that people have been ordering batches of these, a lot of them destined to be gifts. They are pretty versatile, they can be used as tea towels, receiving blankets, scarves or bread basket liners or whatever else you can think of!
This batch was a mixture of deep blue, light blue, tan, orange, deep pink, and light pink (the 2 light pink ones are still available). I will be printing more deep blue, deep pink and tan ones in the coming weeks as well as dying some fresh batches (I just have to decide what my new favourite colours are!!)
If you are interested in a custom order, just shoot me an email and I can let you know about price and shipping. Usually I can have an order ready to ship in a week or two depending on quantity and if you have specific colour/design requests.
There are lots of fun shows, events and classes coming up in the next few months. Keep checking back as I have a few more things in the works that I will post as soon as dates and times are confirmed! I hope to see you at some of these things, I love it when there are familiar faces.
April 29th: Leighton Art Centre - Impress your Mother: Kid's Printmaking
I love working with kids. In this afternoon workshop I will be leading kids through some neat ways they can make a masterpiece for someone special in their life! All supplies included and you can register here.
Gallery 204, Langley BC - Printmaking Workshops - POSTPONED DATES TBA
I have two workshops planned for my upcoming trip to Langley, BC: Saturday is a basic linocutting class for adults (you can register here) and Sunday's class is a Mother's Day themed printmaking class for kids. (you can register here)
June 3rd/4th: Leighton Art Centre - Clothesline Festival Show
I am really excited to have been invited to participate in this show and sale. It is a wonderful summer event that takes place on the scenic grounds of the Leighton Arts Centre. There is an amazing selection of work from several top notch Alberta artists, so to even be included in this group is a real privilege. There is more information here.
June 24th - September 24th: Leighton Art Centre - Impressions Show
This is another show that I am very thankful to be included in. It is a printmaking showcase and the first time that I will be exclusively be showing my prints in a gallery setting. Very exciting. There is more information here.
July 22nd: Red Deer College - Printmaking Workshop
This one day workshop will be all you need to know about basic linocut printmaking to get you up and running! We will cover carving, inking and pressing techniques to create beautiful one of a kind pieces of art. You can register here.
August 7th - 11th: Alberta Printmakers - Getting Inky Kids Daycamp
This will be a crazy fun week for our half day camp! I hope your kids will join me as we explore many forms of relief printmaking, use the presses and have our own gallery showing! Class size is limited and if your kid loves creating art, this is the camp for them! You can register here.
August 13th: Opus Kelowna - Impressive Linocut Demonstration
Join me for two fast paced and fun demonstrations that will cover all the ways you can use basic linocut printmaking! From craft to fine art and fabric, I will walk you through some the different types of tools and products to get you set up for your projects! You can register here. (as of posting, it hasn't appeared on their website)
I've developed a favourite new habit. My new go to mode of relaxation is to put some DIY fixer upper shows on television and block print flour sack clothes. Nerdy, I know. I think this must be my version of knitting or something. I love the ritual of making patterned motifs and listening to HGTV hosts bickering about throw cushions.
This last batch I finished almost two weeks ago and already more than half of them are off to new homes. If you are interested in knowing which ones are left, send me a message and I can give you the details on price, availability and shipping if needed.
I feel very behind the scenes this past few weeks. I've been busy working on a couple of orders, writing proposals and getting all my paperwork in order for tax time. I'm ready to be posting some new work at the end of this week. I have to laugh sometimes because an artist is usually measured by their social media output and so when I slack off on putting fresh work up online, I feel like people think I'm probably busy reading romance novels or something!
I have a couple of demonstrations and classes I am excited about in the next few weeks - all centered around linocut printmaking. I have a particular fondness for working with people who are new to a particular art form. The opportunity to empower someone to step out of their comfort zone and build a new skill (and work with sharp tools) gets me quite excited. These are usually my favorite kinds of classes to teach.
March 24th - Visiting artist to the Cochrane Ranchehouse In conjunction with my show upstairs at the Ranchehouse, I will be set up in the main foyer with my tools and ink demonstrating printmaking from 1pm - 3pm. This is a beautiful location and I'm looking forward to sharing my art with the locals. Find out more here.
March 25th - Leighton Art Centre, Calgary Basic Linocut Printmaking This will be a one day workshop where beginner and intermediate students will be walked through cutting, inking and printing thier own linocut blocks. You can register here.
April 1st and 2nd - Kelowna Art Gallery Basic Linocut Printmaking This is a two day intensive workshop where we will explore all sorts of the possiblilites of linocut from craft to fine art. Class size is limited so registering soon is recommended, You can do that here.
Looking forward to getting out of the studio in the next few weeks. I'll also be posting some new work in the coming days so stay tuned!
I am kind of excited about this! The Historic Downtown Cochrane Visitor Information Centre commissioned me to do a series of flour sack clothes that will be on sale at their downtown location!
These are special Cowboy Boot designs with "Cochrane, AB" hand stamped on each. I won't be producing this design for sale anywhere else but for them. You can check them out in person - click here for address and hours.
Here is the full variety of designs available - each a one of a kind piece of art!