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New tumblr, print, comic and shop!

New Tumblr, prints, comic and shop!

New! New! New!

I’ve started to post on tumblr as Private Spectacle Press. I’m finding it a bit easier to keep myself updating using tumblr and connecting to folks. I’m still going to maintain this blog since I’ve put so much heart into it already, but the PSP tumblr will be seeing more action than this space, so give me a follow if you’re already a tumblr addict! (Not too late to become one btw…)

I have a new shop up as well, where you can buy some of my zines, comics, books and prints. I’m planning on adding many more items to it in the coming month, including my new comic, Last Playlist. I just posted my latest linocut print, a No Junk Mail sign to detract those useless flyers and real estate broker business cards from accumulating in your mail box.

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Run from your houses! TCAF is coming!!!

Yep, TCAF (the Toronto Comic Arts Festival) is happening this weekend (Saturday May 11 9-5 and Sunday May 12 11-5) at the Toronto Reference Library. Already happening, in fact! 

I’m in a whirlwind of prep and programming (I’m speaking on a panel at TCAF Librarian & Educators Day this afternoon on non-fiction comics!), so here’s just a quick peek of what I’ll have at the fest: 

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All me loot (clockwise from left): wordless linocut novel Back + Forth, stack of various zines and prints, 24 hour comic book day comic made in one week Good Morning!, my *NEW* mini comic Homeache, and wordless relief print erotic story anthology Boom Boom Boom

ImageHomeache, silkscreen cover on Stonehenge, 24 pages, 4.25 x 5.5″

ImageHomeache is a memorial to an old Toronto apartment and the ways that a place comes to shape us as we fill it with experience. 

Spark Box Residency

Last week I came back from a spectacular week-long residency at Spark Box Studio, run by Chrissy Poitras and Kyle Topping in Picton, ON. I was a lucky recipient of one of their Emerging Artist Residency Awards and I was so excited to see what the week would have in store for me. I documented my process of making a four colour reduction linocut, so this post is pretty image heavy. I’ll keep the commentary light and let the pictures tell most of the story:

Here’s my little work space. Each artist at Spark Box gets a private studio space and bedroom, but Chrissy and Kyle are open to artists claiming their own work space in the print shop or house. I picked this sunny corner in the print shop. The counters were too low to sit with a stool and too high for a chair so I improvised.MartaChudolinska02

My final sketch and some colour studiesMartaChudolinska03

I brought this lady with me from my studio, just to have a familiar face around.MartaChudolinska04

The view outside the window, Spark Box Home Base.MartaChudolinska05   

The carving of the first layer at the end of my first night.MartaChudolinska06

First layer carving complete.MartaChudolinska08

The print shop!MartaChudolinska05b

A joyful and well-organized ink station.MartaChudolinska05c

Preparing the etching press to print the first colour.MartaChudolinska09

Inking up the block with the first colour.MartaChudolinska10

First colour printed! That was the easy part…MartaChudolinska11

Spark Box is such a beautiful, bright space to work in. Such a pleasure to work in a well-stocked shop!MartaChudolinska12

Second layer ready for printing.MartaChudolinska13

I love the way the roller looks after you’ve rolled the ink on the linoleum… an ephemeral print in its own way.MartaChudolinska14

The second layer printed… this is when I realized that my registration method was far from perfect.MartaChudolinska15

I took occasional breaks to strum this red uke, a good way to stretch those cramped carving fingers!MartaChudolinska16

Third layer cut on the lino.MartaChudolinska17

Third layer printed. Also, I found the drying rack!MartaChudolinska18

On the evening when I carved the last layer, there was a sharp drop in temperature, fierce wind and a beautiful sky.MartaChudolinska19MartaChudolinska20MartaChudolinska20a

Inking up the last layer. I really want to get one of these huge rollers now. Rolling up with it made me feel like such a badass.MartaChudolinska22

Placing the paper and trying to line it up with the previous layers was definitely the most stressful part of this process!MartaChudolinska23

Laying down the press blankets.MartaChudolinska24

The reveal!MartaChudolinska25

All four colours printed!MartaChudolinska26

On Saturday evening, Chrissy, Kyle, my residency mate Michelle and I went to the Firelight Lantern Festival where we saw some amazing lanterns made by people in the community. MartaChudolinska26aMartaChudolinska26bMartaChudolinska28MartaChudolinska29

The shadow puppet show put on by Small Pond Arts was so impressive and inspiring. I would love to work on one of these some day. It featured shadow puppets and shadow actors and was narrated by a very engaging storyteller (standing on the left).MartaChudolinska34 MartaChudolinska36

The end of my residency came so quickly! Here’s my bedroom with a wonderful handmade quilt. There are so many great prints and paintings hanging all around the house. MartaChudolinska37

Peaceful view from the kitchen table. MartaChudolinska38

I made 39 copies of the print but since many of them were off-register, I had to choose my edition carefully. MartaChudolinska42

I ended up with an edition of ten, plus about 15 artist proofs. I kept a few of the bad prints and ripped up the really bad ones. It felt kind of crazy but also very cathartic! I think it’s really easy for artists to have a tendency to hoard and lately I’ve been trying hard to resist the impulse to hold on to everything.MartaChudolinska43

The final step, trimming the prints down to size. FInal paper size is 11″ x 14″. MartaChudolinska44MartaChudolinska45MartaChudolinska45b Here’s little Rico to wish you farewell!MartaChudolinska47

Many thanks to Chrissy and Kyle for providing me with this amazing opportunity to relax, create and learn!

From Lino to Lino

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.

 

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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.

Here comes Canzine!!

I’ll be tabling at Canzine this weekend and I can’t wait! This is a big, busy zine fest and I always find great stuff for sale and meet some really nice people.

I’ll have copies of Boom Boom Boom available, as well as older books, zines, screenprints and limited copies of my large linoprint. I’m also taking part in the Hollywood Rip-Off Zine Challenge, where I will put together a zine in one hour based on a well-known 90’s film that will be announced at the event (I have a shortlist so will be watching a few to prepare). Based on my experience putting together a zine in one hour with Static Zine at the 12hr Zine Machine event at Nuit Blanche, I know I will have to HUSSLE… one hour is barely any time!

Stop by and say hi if you can!

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Binding Boom in new studio

Being an artist with another job means that time to make things is always precious and passes too fast. I just finished an intense (as in, very focused) and awesome bookbinding session in preparation for Canzine next Sunday. I managed to also force myself to take many process shots. I get so detail oriented and INTO IT when I’m working that it can be hard to remember to stop and pick up my camera.

Doesn’t my chair look so welcoming? “Sit down, let’s make some books!”

Drilling holes in the text block… no way was I going to use an awl for all those pages! I usually drill the covers and text block before cutting the spine piece, but here I muddled it up and had to do if after.

Folding creases as guides for cutting the corners.

Corners cut. It takes some practice to get this right so your corners are not lumpy or do not show the board beneath.

Folding in the edges of the bookcloth. The long side is recut so that it lines up with the front when glued down (keeping in mind the 1/16th of an inch you’ll lose in the crease).

Bookbinder’s tools. I love this shape of bone folder, very useful for creasing paper and bookcloth for smooth edges. The sturdy awl was an awesome investment for this project.

Cursory snack shot. Water, dark chocolate with espresso, ginger spice cookies (vegan and wheat free).

Almost halfway done with the bookcloth step

More than halfway done. Hope dawns on the horizon!

In this batch I got the idea to mark the spine pieces in pencil so that I could keep track of which cover they go with, in which direction. This really helps in making sure the covers line up nicely in the end.

Little “favours to your future self” like these really help in being able to work faster and achieve crisp execution every time.

Such a happy sight! Only the sewing step left and that is the fastest and easiest part. Another day; for now, to bed!

Total progress: 60 books of an edition of 200. Next up: a batch for contributor Megan Speers to have available at Canzine West (Vancouver) in November.

Nuit Blanche

Only one more sleep until Toronto’s all night art event Nuit Blanche! Despite the unfortunate corporatization of this event over the years, I still get giddy seeing the city transformed into an open art forum for one crazy night. Mobs of art-hungry citizens fill the streets, exploring unknown alleys, basement and other crannies that otherwise go unnoticed. The fact that it happens until 5 in the morning adds to the carnivalesque surrealness of it all. This is the first year that I will be taking part in the festivities and I am SO HAPPY about it. Here’s what’s up:

I’m starting the night right in the East end of town. My pal Stefan Berg has curated an awesome pop-up show of over 25 artists at a warehouse space at 138 Main Street (at Gerrard). The Closing Reception is from 7 to 9pm (RSVP: margie@tuneology.ca to add your name on the guest list) and will feature local live music (There is also an open house during the day from 11 to 3, also with music). I made my biggest linocut ever for this show: 18×24″ block. There were definitely some difficult moments (tears) but I’m really happy with the final result. I got to play a lot with pattern and movement (and narrative as usual). Here’s a little detail:

As the night moves on, I’ll be taking part in Redhead Gallery’s Insomnia (Redux) event. Redhead has asked members of the public to contribute a two-dimensional something (old photo, painting, magazine page, found image, whatever)($25 submission fee required) that will be hung in the gallery during NB and remixed by the participating artists. I’m collecting some really great collage materials to bring with me! The contributor of the original piece will have the option to keep the new, remixed work of art or have it sold and collect the profit$. I will be collaging and drawing it up from 10-11pm (and maybe longer) if you want to see me at work. Redhead Gallery is located in Suite 115 on the ground floor of 401 Richmond. There will be plenty going on at 401 so be sure to make it a part of your Nuit Blanche circuit!

After some exploring of my own, I will be heading over to the Gladstone Hotel for the Madeline Colelctive’s 12 Hr. Zine Machine event. Between 2-3am, I will be working my buns off with Aviva, Jess and Melody from Static Zine to produce a zine in one hour based on ideas contributed by the audience.

Nuit Blanche Static Zine Cover

Here’s the cover I drew for our zine! (We were asked to make in advance/No, I don’t have a time machine)

I love that both of these events require spur of the moment inspiration and the involvement of the audience. To me, the whole point of Nuit Blanche is to provide opportunities for interaction between “artists” and “non-artists” (false dichotomy, everyone is an artist). I wish there was more hands-on involvement from the audience, but seeing as how the audience of this event has grown to fantastical proportions, I can see how, from an organizer’s standpoint, it makes sense to limit the pool of contributors.

Whatever criticism might be lobbed against this event, I still remember the magic of my first year and it seems every year, wether I’ve scour the city til the wee hours of morning or limit my explorations to 1 hour in 3 square blocks, I experience something that inspires me for years to come. Here’s one of my favourite memories from  of this event.

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A beautiful installation where audience members activated the sculture by placing any music playing device (mp3 players and music-playing phones) over the small silver discs at the edge of the podium (seen in the bottom right corner of the image below) and the sound was amplified and played out of one of the trumpet-like protrusions. The magic of this piece was how interactive it was and how each person could bring their own personal meaning to it (by contributing music that was personally significant to them) and how these meanings combined to form something else. It was interactive, but a lot more personally interactive than many interactive installations I’ve seen at Nuit Blanche of the “walk by a sensor and the light show will change” variety. I played some Leonard Cohen and Edith Piaf’s “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien”, which was chilling projected loud and warbled across the CAMH grounds.

Image courtesy of Everyspoon‘s flickr

Boom Boom Boom binding

Here is a little look at a copy of Boom Boom Boom. I sold out of the copies I had ready for TCAF but there are many left to bind. I’m going to have busy hands for the next few weeks!

Japanese Stab Binding with a hinged hardcover

Title and endpages

An image from my story Wild Seed

Back cover 🙂

Meanwhile, in the studio…

Studio work is always made happier with a robust selection of snacks!

Boom Boom Boom Preview

TCAF is only a few days away and I am hustling to prepare my latest project for the viewing (and purchasing) pleasure of Toronto’s comic-loving masses. Here’s a preview of what is to come:

Boom Boom Boom is an anthology of woodcut and linocut stories about SEX. The artists involved are Stefan Berg, Dmitry Bondarenko, Colin Rogers, Megan Speers, Rihkee Strap, George Walker and myself. I am also the editor and bookbinder of the anthology. The book was printed on the risograph by Colour Code Printing. I am so happy with the results! It has been such a pleasure watching this book come together. I can’t wait to see it completed and in the hands of readers!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is this weekend at the Reference Library and is totally free to attend. Come visit me on the second floor at booth 258!