Have a great week!
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Jason came to Oehme Graphics last Sunday, and with his collagraphs sent from Brooklyn a few days prior to the start of the project, we were able to start printing immediately. Monday felt like we had already been at it a week--by the end of the day, the walls were covered with test prints.
After experimenting with how the plates printed on Monday, Jason made decisions concerning color and how to utilize the inks to bring out the modulation and subtitles in the collagraphs. He realized that watercolor, rather that oil based ink, would be the initial ingredient for setting off the details and water-like scallop shapes in the plates.
The textures and depths that the collagraph plates reveal in the prints are visually stunning. Some sections of the pieces have a three dimensional quality, and look as though parts are bursting off the paper, while other areas seem to continue back infinitely into space. This tension, along with the addition of Jason's serene color choices, make it difficult to stop gazing at his intricate prints.
Jason was simultaneously working on pieces of vellum to convert into solar plates. He used ink, pieces of tape, and lots of time carefully cutting out shapes to create tonal shifts in the image. The strong Colorado sun was helpful this week, as it picked up all the tiny details Jason worked to distinguish.
On Sunday, a day off for us at Oehme Graphics, Jason and Julia and Julia's friend who came for a visit, Abby Hoeschler, went "extreme" snowshoeing at Fish Creek Falls. It couldn't have been a more temperate or beautiful day for it. In the picture above Jason is being extreme (obviously) and climbing to get a better look at the amazing frozen waterfall. The color matched perfectly with the ink color he has been choosing for some of his prints. It has now been dubbed "Fish Creek Falls Green." It is also impossible to ignore the icy quality in this piece; it was inspiring and surprising to see correlations and premonitions between the snowy climate and Jason's pieces. (This monoprint was made before the snowshoe adventure!)
Check back soon to see completed pictures of Jason Rohlf's work and hear more about shop news.
Have a great week!
After an intense seven straight days of printmaking craziness, Susan completed a total of sixty-two pieces--a pretty incredible feat for all involved! Momentum started building on Monday morning of the 3rd, and then never slowed down.
Partly due to Susan's delayed arrival to Oehme Graphics (thus having only seven days of printing time), Sue decided to revisit some unfinished oil monotypes in her flat files that Susan had printed in New York fifteen years ago with printer John Micoff. They were perfect starting points for Susan's collages; she would precisely poisiton the acetate images on top of the prints and then they were torn down to unique sizes, completely altering their original form. It was thrilling and satisfying to be able to use these images from the past, and to see the work come full circle as this is Sue and Susan's eleventh project together!
Susan would arrange and decide on her collage pieces at a nonstop rate, leaving Sue with stacks of prints on which to adhere acetate and tear down to size, and Julia hardly leaving her post at our finicky (digital) printer's side!
Susan Hambleton, with her sparkling wit and caring heart was so fun to work with. Both Sue and Julia were sad to see her leave...but her beautiful prints and spirit remain! If you would like to see a complete set of Ms. Hambleton's work, please send an email to Sue at email@example.com, or call the shop at: 970.870.6609. They will be up on the website for viewing shortly! (We promise)
Stay tuned for updates from our next project with Jason Rohlf!
The huge storm that hit New York prevented Susan Hambleton from getting in on the 28th, so finally, on the 1st day of the New Year, she made it into Steamboat! Since the project has been cut a little short, Sue of course has been "cracking her whip!" (as Susan likes to tease) and we have all been working steadily since her arrival.
Susan has been working on a series using watercolor and oil monotypes and adding elements with collage. It is fascinating to watch her decision-making process as she plucks, cuts, and arranges the perfect pieces from a large assortment of various images (on public domain) that she researched and located at the New York Public Library. The pieces are photocopies which we then digitally printed onto acetate sheets, making them transparent and perfect for layering over her monotype prints. The dialogue that emerges between these collage pieces and their hand-painted monotyped environs are what makes this work so intriguing and beautiful.
Yesterday Oehme Graphics entertained two lovely ladies for lunch and print presentations at the shop. First, Kimberly Saari, the owner and director of the K. Saari Gallery in Steamboat Springs stopped by to see what we had worked on with Jeffrey Keith. Pulling out all the prints again, (there are 86 prints along with 1 edition) we were reminded of the diversity of the body of work, but struck by the compelling cohesiveness that Jeffrey expresses through his mark-making language.
Later that afternoon, Katie Kiefer of West Elevation Architecture came over to look at the collection for some of her clients. We sorted some of the 18 x 18 inch monotypes into triptychs, and it was amazing to see how well they worked together even though each print was made individually. Here are some images of the arrangements we came up with:
All the images from Jeffrey Keith's project will be available to view on the Oehme Graphics website shortly. He worked on sizes ranging from 11 x 11 inches up to 22 x 33 inches , with most of the individual pieces at 18 x 18 inches. If you would like to see any of the work immediately, please contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the shop: (970) 870-6609.
Susan Hambleton just arrived from New York today, and we will be getting right to work! Check back soon for updates about her project, and have a great New Year! Yes, we will be working all weekend!!!