There’s still time to sign up for my upcoming class at the Feast Art Center this Saturday. We’ll be exploring lino-cuts through an easy to learn white line format. Sign up at the link below and feel free to ask me any questions.
Today along with my partner Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle fame, we wrapped up our public art project in the Lincoln District of Tacoma. It was super cold and snowy this morning setting up our tent for the Lunar New Year Festival, but the crowds stills came out to celebrate and we had a chance to send off the last of our 100 Flowercloud kits into the community. Many thanks to the City’s Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality and the Arts Commission for funding our project! Take a look at our project from start to finish in the pictures here. It was lots of work, but super fun to be a part of the revitalization efforts of this beautiful neighborhood!
This is the 13th year of the wayzgoose and my 8th year of participating. It was tough to find the time to fit in the carving required for my second steamroller print, but it turned out well and was worth all the hard work! Thanks again to my sister for helping me ink and to Sweat Pea and Jessica for all their efforts in putting this event on year after year! Here are some process shots and of course the final product.
This year I’ve had the opportunity to work along with our upper school (high school) peer mentor students in developing a suicide prevention awareness campaign. In collaboration with our peer mentor students training their fellow students in suicide prevention awareness, we collaborated with the graphic design course to develop a poster, social media post, and pocket card. Utilizing the design process, the student designers developed several solutions to propose to their peer mentor clients. From that pool of solutions we narrowed the field down to the image above and expanded it to serve all three of our needs.
I’m very excited that today we launch the social media campaign and will hang the posters around campus. Next Monday, our peer mentors will be train their fellow students and the pocket card will be handed out as support material to reference as needed. If you would like more information on how to prevent suicide please visit suicidpreventionlifeline.org, intheforefront.org, or call the national suicide prevention lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 #savealife #preventsuicide #justask
As I’m rounding up my 9th year living in the city of Tacoma, I’m happy to call this region of the country and the city of destiny my home! As one of my fellow Tacoman, Tom Llewellyn, wrote today in the TNT, Art Saved Tacoma and the project below is a small bit of my contribution to the vibrant arts scene of Tacoma. I hope you get a chance to see or find one of these creations out in the wild!
I don’t often share student work on my blog, but I’ve been so impressed with the results of this project I felt that it was worth it was worth sharing with a larger audience. In my printmaking course we’ve been exploring the big idea of identity through portraiture. We set the stage by looking at a series of Rembrandt’s self-portraits, a self-portrait woodcut by Kathe Kollwitz, and a contour line portrait by David Hockney. We began our discussion of these images by exploring the question, “How does the way the artist represents themselves tell us about them?”
This print is the first major project for my students and is designed to help them develop their fine motor skills in carving a continuous line in the linoleum. The white line print also mimics the action of drawing more closely where they are working in the positive, where a mark equals a mark. The technique of blind contour line drawing was chosen to alleviate the pressure of creating a realistic image, allowing them the freedom to take more creative risks. Below you will see images of my demo and some early prints of their work.
My student’s early prints: