Spring is here, more or less, and just like nature, I’m busy make, make, making things!
Here’s some tiny linos for your eyeballs. I made them for a new poetry/image zine I launched at the Kazoo Print Expo in Guelph last weekend. Each linocut is just under 4 x 3 inches. In making these, I was challenging myself to see how much I could do in such a small space… the polar opposite of my last self-challenge, which was to make my largest linocut yet.
This weekend I’m preparing, with extreme excitement somewhat in check, for my upcoming residency at Spark Box Studio in Picton, ON. I’m very happy to be a recipient of one of their Emerging Artist Residency Awards which means I get to spend one week in their awesome print studio and stay in their beautiful home! I encourage you all to check out their website which has tons of great info and resources about building your art career, whatever stage you may be at.
For the residency, I hope to complete my first ever color reduction lino (always need a new mountain to climb!). In a color reduction print, you use the same piece of lino for all of the colours/layers. First you crave away everything that will be the color of the paper, print the first color, carve away what you want to keep the first colour, print again, etc. If that sounds confusing, it is! I’m working on separating out the colours now and it is breaking my brain just a little bit. Wait, I think that’s called learning.
Yesterday, the boyfriend and I went for a walk to the library and I saw crocus blooming everywhere and even a few daffodils! If you’re in a part of the world experiencing spring, I encourage you to put on something waterproof and go seek out these first bursts of living color! It’s a great way to bring a smile to your face to replace your winter scowl.
February is over at last and our deluded, hopeful minds turn to thoughts of Spring (deluded in my part of the world anyway, we’ve got a few months of cold yet). I can’t help but be hopeful though… past 6pm and it’s not dark outside!
It’s not quite crocus and daffodil time in Ontario yet, but things are getting pretty colourful in my sketchbook. I just got a beautiful case of LYRA Rembrandt pencil crayons (colored pencils for you ‘Mericans out there) and have had a great time playing with them. (Thanks to Julie Delporte for the recommendation in this review!)
In other news, my first fest of the year will be the Kazoo Print Expo (formerly the Kazoo Zine & Comic Expo) in Guelph on April 6th. (I was at the OCAD U Zine Fair yesterday but I’m not counting it since I was the organizer and was more focused on running the show than selling).
I am SO excited for this show! My boyf and I had a really great time tabling at the expo last year and running around Guelph checking out bands before and after. We also met some great peeps from Toronto! The highlight for me was the acoustic breakfast show on Sunday which closed up the festival. Great tunes, little kids running around and chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes until you burst! And a gigantic Kazoo piñata which was too well-constructed for anyone to break open. Haha… I’m going to be telling my grandkids about that show! Anyway, if you’re in the Guelph area… or within busing distance… make your way to Kazoo! It’s not the biggest show but the vibe is great, the talent is awesome and the music is the extra icing on the cake. Also, I will have some new stuff for sale! Previews to come 🙂