|There are Two Stories Here: April by Katie Baldwin
Reductive woodcut is a unique method for creating prints, using the same block of wood for each layer. To create reductive woodcut prints, the artist carves the first color layer into the woodblock, and prints the first layer of her or his edition. Then the artist further carves the remaining block to create the second layer, and so on, until the block is carved into the final layer. To effectively create this type of print, planning is of the utmost importance, and each layer should be careful worked out before the process is begun. The payoff of this extra mental exertion is beautiful editions that can incorporate a great deal of detail and many layers of color, while maintaining perfect registration.
|Liberty: Parade by Katie Baldwin|
This technique can also be used to great effect in creating interesting textures, demonstrated by renowned artist Katie Baldwin, in her piece April (shown above), from her exhibition There are Two Stories Here, currently on display at The Print Center in Philadelphia. This beautiful collection is well worth the trip to Philadelphia (use bolt bus! It’s cheap!), and will be on view through November 17th. Katie is a current Victor Hammer fellow at Wells Book Arts Center, has taught at the Moore College of Art and Design, Tyler School of Art, and Drexel University, and has shown work at institutions throughout the United States, including Towson University, Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, and the Barclay Gallery. She even writes a perceptive and entertaining blog about her artistic endeavors! Her pieces are aesthetically beautiful, as well as thematically insightful and inspiring.
|Things Left Behind: World by Katie Baldwin|
If you are intrigued by this method and want to learn how to create your very own reductive woodcuts and/or want to be Katie Baldwin’s new best friend, you are in luck! Katie will be teaching a class on reductive woodcuts at The Center for Book Arts on November 3rd -4th. The class will cover each component of this technique, and each student will design, carve, and print a piece of a collaborative poster. So on your way to Philly (bolt bus has internet), visit here for more information about the class and to register.
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