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Said a woman to me at an art fair recently. I am used to lots of “Your work is so whimsical!” and “You should make children’s books!” so the apocalyptic comment was a nice change.
But, still. Odd. In my own head I think of my work as something that has moved me away from cynical, paranoid, and, well, apocalyptic thinking. I asked for clarification and we looked at Companions.
Where I saw two friends, maybe from disparate backgrounds, on a tree-powered adventure together, she saw refugees from global climate change. And also a boat riding dangerously low in the water.
Which is why I like the occasional art fair. It is good to hear how many ways there are to interpret a visual story.
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After years of only existing in the authors’ heads and in classes and bits of paper at New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque, NM, the premier manual for non-toxic etching is now available. Representing the breadth and depth of 18 years of trials, experiments, failures and successes at the first non-toxic etching workshop in the United States, this book is an invaluable aid to any printmaker.
With detailed lists, step-by-step instructions, and troubleshooting sections we cover:
- Line etching
- Spit Bite
- Lift ground
- Soft Ground
- Color printing
- Curation of hand-pulled prints
- Instructions for setting up a non-toxic etching studio
This book offers useful information for etchers on all levels. It is invaluable for those wishing to make the transition from toxic to non-toxic etching, and it is suited as a textbook for a college level etching class.
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Printed in edition of 10. Completed in collaboration with Albuquerque master printer Carol Sanchez through the City of Albuquerque Art in Municipal Places program
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A friend recently sent me this link to the text of “children’s” author Phillip Pullman 1996 Carnegie Medal acceptance speech.
Pullman compares “adult” literature to “children’s” literature. His comments may apply to the adult art world, as well, and help explain why I am frequently identified as a children’s book illustrator, despite not having set out to create children’s book illustrations.