These mixed media letterpress pieces are an exploration of my family’s Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) heritage. The initial hand printed layers of were made from hand carved linocut blocks, the images carved were an interpretation of traditional Ojibwe beading patterns.
Once the blocks were set into the printing press, the paper was printed multiple times, one pass and block arrangement for each colour added. The art piece was then mounted to a birch cradled panel and multiple layers of acrylic texture medium and washes of paint were added in response to the printed image to conceal or reveal aspects to the viewer.
.My letterpress shop is a work in progress, currently I am operating four platen presses - two table top Kelseys (5x8 and 6x10), a Peerless Platen floor model as well as my most recent acquisition, a Chandler and Price Old Style Platen floor model. Also found in my shop is a floor model Peerless papercutter, a bookpress and many, many, drawers of typeface.
Flour Sack Cloths
By far, my most popular hand printed item, it is tough to keep these 100% cotton hand dyed and stamped cloths in stock. Please contact me for price and availability of my Standard sizes. Deluxe Flour Sack Cloths are available at The Leighton Centre Gallery Shop in Calgary and at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond. Photos sometimes don't capture the exact colour of the dye and printing - these are best viewed in real life!
Each cloth is custom dyed by me, stamped using hand carved blocks with hand mixed ink colours. Each one is one of a kind and has been stamped approximately 24 - 30 times per cloth. (it's a labour of love!) They can be used in a number of ways: tea towels, scarves, receiving blankets, bread basket liners or for a beautiful one of a kind hostess or teacher gift. Flour sack cloth improve with age and use, becoming softer and more luxurious with every use. It is not uncommon to see a flour sack tea towel in regular use for over a decade.