Got these 4 done....quite messy to do....you use a brayer to spread the ink (that must be at the right consistency, usually mixed with a few drops of retarder...I said "retarder", not retarded!) onto your plexiglas plate, then you quickly draw or add some bits of paper or strings or whatever to add texture onto the plate and then you turn the plate and apply it onto your paper, flip it (however NOT like a crepe) to put it under the printing press...aie...aie...aie..too much ink and you get puddles, not enough and you get...insipid nothing colors....well hopefully you get the point. Upon looking at the results you can leave it as is or you can do a 2nd printing over it. The only one that was left "as is" is the 2nd one. I had tons of fun and learned a lot, loved it!
Both are sitting in my studio right now. I have not touched them since I finished the workshop. I am resting and thinking and returning to the daily routine with my head still spinning. One comment I would like to make: when you take a workshop with someone like Jesse, you cannot expect to understand his approach, work intensely on applying his method (see below) and produce a work that is very personal! Hopefully that will come later. In his own words:
" this entire process is based on working in reverse and out of time with our thoughts. this method forces us to learn to see. meaning we see what is rather than the idea of it. its easy to get caught up with the ideas in ones head.. we aim to learn that a plan is just a start point at best and its always ok to change our direction. a rigid plan can confuse us with let downs and expxectations. just because things arent going as planned doesnt mean they are going poorly, ive found in my past that sometimes even when things are working out better, it easy to still be confused and frustrated based on the idea that things are not going as planned.. best to not look ar the plan but rather whats happening so we dont miss anything.."
Above: works by (our one and only furiously working) Leighanna. I believe that no one produced this amount of work. There was at least one more! She was in a trance for most of the time Some works created during this workshop on display on the table.(not necessarily finished...most likely not!) Talented souls.
On the left, 2 stamps carved in Paris at my sister's MPolette, while she was carving hers in front of me, how fun! And yes, she is better than me at this, her little fingers so steady!To the right, the latest simple shapes including the one I call the "Warts" stamp....yuck!!!It will be useful though. In fact it was not easy to carve believe it or not, at least not for me.