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Woodblock business cards!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Yesterday, during my demo at MCBA, I printed some business cards. I’ve wanted to carve a woodblock for printing business cards for a long time, and I finally did it! Although I think I might eventually clear a bit more wood away to make it look more finished:

Also, for those of you who may be holding one of the cards I gave you yesterday and reading this blog for the first time, I wanted to tell you of another upcoming opportunity to study Japanese Woodcut with me. I’ll be teaching a workshop at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, WI this August 16-18. If you’re interested, register now and plan an art making vacation!

Woodblock demo starts in less than one hour at MCBA!

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

I’m heading to the Minnesota Center for Book Arts to demonstrate woodblock printing from noon to 1:30 this afternoon.
It’s also the first day of the Shin Jidai exhibition including work by Jane Rosemarin and me.


Altered book cover “Pew View” for MCBA fundraiser

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

MCBA recently sent me a book cover in the mail and asked if I could alter it and donate it for sale. The book cover appeared to be the back cover of a church hymnal and had a price list for buying other collections of “Church Hymns and Gospel Songs.” The end result of my altering is this piece I call “Pew View” (5×7″) which has two removable blank books in a miniature pew-back pocket:


This is different imagery and subject matter than I usually work with, but it was a nice change of pace to work with a medium that brought its own associations with it.
This piece will be for sale along with other altered book covers and other “bookish” art at MCBA’s Unabashedly Bookish Bash on July 28, 2012, 7-10pm. This is a benefit event to raise funds to match a grant from the NEA for MCBA’s artist programs. See for more details. If you buy this piece you can write your own tiny hymns or liturgy in the little books!

Shows at Altered Esthetics and MCBA

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Please come support my art in two group shows this May!

My “Tending to Decomposition” handmade paper sculptures and “Glimpses Underground” book are on display as part of the Formed By Nature show at Altered Esthetics from Thursday May 3rd, 2012 through Thursday May 24th, 2012, with an opening on Friday, May 4th from 7pm-10pm and an Artist Discussion on Saturday, May 12th from 1-3 pm. See for more details.

I went to the opening on Friday and enjoyed seeing the relationships between my work and some of the other pieces in the show. In this picture my pieces are in the foreground:


My new collaborative project “The Work of Growing Food,” made with origami designer Jane Rosemarin, is on display as part of Shin Jidai: Contemporary Japanese Book and Paper Arts at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts from May 19 to July 15, 2012. “The Work of Growing Food” pieces are vegetables folded by Jane from my woodblock prints of garden tools. I will also be demonstrating Moku Hanga, Japanese woodcut printing, from 12-1:30pm at the Harukaze (“spring wind”) Festival of Japanese Arts at MCBA on May 19th. See for more details.

Laundry Notan

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Last night at the Notan class (see previous post) Sheila suggested that the exercises might help us in other areas of our lives. I joked, “will it help me put away the laundry?” and she replied, “no, but it might help you see the space the laundry leaves behind.” So today I made a laundry-themed expansion of the square.


Notan class with Sheila Asato at MCBA

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I am taking a class at MCBA on Notan, the Japanese principle of light/dark design, from Sheila Asato. It’s wonderful to be a student and do work within strict limitations in the various exercises to discover the problems and possibilities within them.


Prints ready to mail to my collaborator

Friday, February 24th, 2012

This week I mailed some prints to Jane Rosemarin to fold into origami vegetables. We are working on a collaborative project where I make prints and she designs origami models. I will post pictures of the models later.

These are for a little zucchini with a yellow flower. Because of the way the folding works out, I’ve printed the green on one side and the yellow on the reverse.

And this is for a carrot.

Accordion books from Print, Paper, Book Techniques at MCAD

Friday, February 24th, 2012

I’m excited about my students’ work on display at MCAD.

These accordion books show the results of the first two screenprinting assignments in Print, Paper, Book Techniques. For the first assignment, students printed a pattern and then used it to cover bookboards for the front and back covers of a book. For the second assignment, students developed imagery related to their covers that showed a process, narrative, or other imagery taking advantage of the way a book unfolds over time.

Images from Advanced Japanese Woodblock at MCBA

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Earlier this winter, I taught the first Advanced Japanese Woodblock class at MCBA, by request from students in previous classes. Here’s work by students in that class:

Barb Gibson

Joyce Pickle

Joyce Pickle

Sheila Asato

Beth Dorsey carving

Lisa Fratzke

Lisa Fratzke

I’m looking forward to teaching an intro-level Japanese Woodblock class again at MCBA on Mondays March 26-April 30. Also, for the first time I will travel to teach a workshop at Peninsula School of Art in Door County, Wisconsin, this August 16, 17, and 18.

Carving small block with gardening tools

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

It’s been a busy semester teaching two classes that are new to me and balancing that with mothering. But now I am finally working on art! This will hopefully contribute to a collaborative project that I’ll write more about later.