Unity of Opposites

From Zea Mays Printmaking’s website:

It all started with a quote (which will be revealed at the opening reception)

Two artists, one from Zea Mays Printmaking and another from the Peregrine Press (Portland, ME), created prints inspired by the quote. Once completed, the two prints were sent to another three artists from each of the organizing studios, those six prints to 19 other artists until 75 artists had responded to each other over the course of five months. Each new “generation” of artists made their original print inspired by anything from the previous generation’s pieces, be it a subject matter, mood, color, the quality of a line, or a combination of many aspects of the pieces.

The final 75 prints will be exhibited at the A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA. from October 4 – 30, 2016 with a reception on October 14, 5-8 PM and again at the Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME. from February 1 – March 4, 2017 with a reception on February 3, 5-8 PM.


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I started my 2 week residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA last Friday.

A project in progress.

11.08.2015 proof on paper

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These are etching proofs for a book I am working on for February 2016. I was invited by Esther White to participate in a show at the Historic Northampton Museum. The show is based around the Henrietta Lambie Crazy Quilt in the museum’s collection.

I am printing on fabric and making a soft book. It will be a mix of etching and digital prints with stitching and pieces of fabric I have been saving. Sounds like a hot mess, but I think it will work.

At first it is hard to tell that the quilt is a mourning quilt. It is a pretty straight forward looking crazy quilt. But looking closer there are little hints peppered throughout the quilt that speak in the language of Victorian mourning. Henrietta Lambie lost two of her daughters in the year she made this quilt. She had started the quilt as a memorial to 5 year old Ethel who passed away in April of 1884. Then before the quilt was finished 2 year old Emily died in August.

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I visited the family’s grave plot in September. They are buried in Main Street Cemetery.

This has been a strange project to have started during the first year of my own daughter’s life.

THE A.P.E. MICROWORKS ALUM SHOW

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“A Homemaker’s Habitat”

I have three small piece’s in the A.P.E alumni show this December.

THE A.P.E. MICROWORKS ALUM SHOW

December 17 – January 4
Reception:  Friday, December 18:  5-8 pm
Curated by Kathy Couch

A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
126 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 12-5
Friday: 12-8
Closed Monday

I co-invented something……..

During our internship at Zea Mays Printmaking in the spring/summer of 2014, Liz gave Mike Barrett and I the task of coming up with a new recipe for a non-toxic transparent base for etching inks. The base had to match or be better than the beloved Faust Transparent Base (t-base). The t-base had been discontinued much to the chagrin of many printers at the studio. Artists and print studios were hoarding cans of it.

In the end we came up with a base that is pretty close and I would say really nice to work with. It has a nice buttery feel like the Faust t-base but less body. From our research it seems it will also not oxidize as much with copper plates.

You can read about our research here.

Hanco Ink contacted Liz and asked to purchase the recipe. Hence the picture above of me holding a can of Hanco Transparent Base for etching inks.  Do you need a can of t-base? You can find it here.