Published March 8, 2016.
If you are looking for a way to expand your printmaking practice, take a look at our upcoming workshop, Mica and Linoleum, with Center for Book Arts Master Printer Barbara Henry on March 19th and 20th. This workshop is open to all—no previous printing experience is required.
Linoleum printing is one of the most adaptable of relief printing methods—so simple that you can create a plate, and even print it, at your kitchen table. This process can also take you to the limits of printing ink on paper. Add mica and you will produce a surface with a subtle iridescent glow.
In this two-day workshop at the Center, you will take advantage of our powerful Vandercook presses and unravel the intricacies of registration. You can carve a linoleum plate or you can bring an existing one to class and learn how to make it shine. Whether you go for brilliant color or the subtleties of black, gray and white, adding mica will bring your artwork to a new level. Instructor Barbara Henry says, “Mica can make an image kinetic, changing with the viewer’s angle and the light, changing the color and adding magic to the image.”
The linocut printing technique was pioneered by members of Die Brücke, an artists’ collective in Germany, around 1905. An image is cut into the surface of the linoleum with a sharp V-shaped gouge, with the uncarved areas representing a mirror image of the parts to show printed. Linoleum is a soft material and easy to carve so it serves as a great introduction to printmaking.
Barbara Henry is the proprietor of Harsimus Press, which prints chapbooks and illustrated fine printing included in many public and private collections, including Columbia University, The Morgan Library, the British Library, Fales Library, Brooklyn Museum, and others. As mentioned in a previous post highlighting Barbara’s work, she created Walt Whitman’s Faces in 2012—a mixed-media book including letterpress, linocuts and photography.
Aside from Barbara herself, artists who have used linoleum as a printmaking medium include Picasso and Matisse, as well as contemporary printmakers like Chuck Close. For more on linocuts, check out our Blog Archive.
Our current Featured Artist Project, SWEAT Broadsheet Collaboration, includes a number of linocuts done by South Florida artists. Stop in to see the show weekdays from 11am-6 pm and Saturdays from 10am-5pm.