Friday, September 15, 2017

Allegan County Historical Print Shop 2017

Here's a shot of me working at the Chandler-Price press during the Allegan County Fair this year. The Allegan Historical Society Print Shop is open during the Michigan FiberFest in August and the County Fair in September. Every year we have a few more improvements and another piece of equipment functioning.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


I was very honored this spring to have Shingebiss included in the West Michigan Area Show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and to receive the Southwest Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award.

It's also been a busy winter and spring working on the Alchemy collaboration. My broadside with Elizabth Kerlikowske's poem is in a previous post. Below is the piece I contributed to the book and the Kerr Gallery exhibit at Western Michigan University.

And here's the linocut broadside I did for the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Poets in Print series:

I've also been doing some experimenting with wood lithography-- I'll upload some images with my next post.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Alchemy broadside

Here is a scan of the broadside I did for the Alchemy suite; part of a collective project of local (mostly Kalamazoo) writers and artists. Elizabeth Kerlikowske wrote the poem and I was trying to capture the sense of humor within it with this illustration. It's an edition of 40, an etching with letterpress text. I set the text last summer at the Allegan County Fair as a demo and printed it a few weeks ago at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. The element abbreviations on the roulette wheel are placed so that their atomic numbers match the traditional roulette wheel number placement. The exception is gold, (Au)  placed in the traditional 00 winner's spot. I'm not a gambler so I had to do some research on roulette wheels. All the Alchemy broadsides will be signed by the poets and printmakers and we'll be having a number of exhibits over the next few months.