I’m at Flatrock, at Walking Bird Press, with my partner in crime, Tara Bryan. We’re continuing work on an edition of 100 books about Wesleyville. They are coming along very nicely, and it’s getting pretty exciting to see our efforts turn into something- not just proofs, but final printing!
Printapalooza continues on this grey rainy November day.
Pthalo green and white in a rainbow roll filled my afternoon here at the studio… Looking forward to a plate of nachos to fill me at the café when I close up shop at 9. Meet me there? (Who remembers Friday Night Girls from Codco? I think of them every Friday night!)
This is my chosen term for a period of time, usually about two weeks, for printing a full Black – Yellow – Yellow/Red – Red – Orange – Red/Blue – Blue – Blue/Green – Green – Silver/Gold print run of all the required card, mini-print, and bookmark designs to make up orders and shop stock.
When I started making this product line about a dozen years ago, I could print about 350 pieces in a single day. I’d start early and finish late. But today, a morning’s worth of printing is all I can really do at a time. Like most artists and craftspeople who do repetitive work, I have developed Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis. A brace around my arm helps me get the work done, but I still don’t want to overdo it. Eventually I’ll need to train someone else up to do the printing work, I guess. But for now, slow and steady wins the race.
Today I finished the black portion of Printapalooza with the help of my lovely assistant, Ollie, aka mom. We start in again tomorrow morning on a new colour. If any of you are out and about and would like to see the printmaking process in action, please do drop in. We love having visitors!