When we started this show 12 years ago, I really wanted to celebrate hand pulled prints, because in the age of easy computer generated reproductions, people were losing sight of the beauty of real prints, printed one at a time, by hand.
One of the by-products of creating prints by hand is experimentation. And like most printmakers I know, you go through a lot of paper and ink in figuring out just how you want to get a certain effect, or, in fact, one that is a complete surprise to you. There is an element of play in the enterprise which I have always found to be a worthwhile activity.
But then what do you do with all these experiments? And sometimes there are A LOT of experiments. Well, you make cards.
What with email and paying bills by mail, you might think you’d never need to go to the post office again. But I think there is still a place in the world for beautiful things. And who doesn’t like to get a handwritten note in the mail from a friend, and how much more wonderful would it be, if the card you get is a one of a kind piece of art?
I spent the last couple of days making cards from my considerable store of hand printed papers and made a pretty good dent in the supply. The artist in me loves creating beautiful things, and then bundling them up in lovely packages. Supplies are limited, and each bundle of cards is unique, so come early for the best selection. I am hoping that a few other of the printmakers in the show will have cards as well.
Hope to see you at the show! Four weeks and counting!
The Froggwell Biennale
Friday-Saturday-Sunday 10 AM to 5PM
August 5th, 6th, & 7th.
At the Legendary Froggwell Garden
5508 Double Bluff Road