SERIES | LITTLE FOLKS I  2008

This series of drawings began in May at Atelier Tom Blaess, in Bern, Switzerland.  This was the second collaboration between the printer and myself.  In the four years since our first collaboration, which produced the Applying the Language Series, Tom added digital capabilities to his production studio and he suggested that I take advantage of the medium, having never experimented with it in my work.  With that in mind, I made several high resolution scans of several pages from the school primer, “Our Little Book for Little Folks”, published in 1896, and brought the digital images with me.  Additionally, I also drew some images on clear drafting film (to make them portable), which could also be scanned into the computer to incorporate into other images.

 

Since Tom and I come from traditional printmaking backgrounds, it was important for both of us that the manipulations of these images by computer took on the qualities of more customary printmaking techniques, such as the rich surface quality associated with multiple printed layers and the suggestion of a plate edge, made when you print intaglio impressions.  In fact, several of the printed images went through the Epson printer more than once, so in fact, they were printed in a more traditional way. 

 

Additionally, since my source material was an old, worn and very used grade school primer, we wanted to exaggerate the build up of surface on a page that comes from use.  We also intentionally adjusted the color of the reproductions to look more somber and then covered them with layers of texture to additionally subdue the surface.  These printed elements were incorporated into drawings upon my return to my Ithaca, NY, studio.

 

Help or Hinder mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

He Found the Contents Interesting mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

To Do and To Learn mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Mary Made Her House Again mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Class of 1957 mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Land Close to Your Man mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Our Acts Are Checked by Others mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

And One Chair mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Oh, Please mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

You May As Well Build a Winner mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

I See mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2009

Covering a Wide Range mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

A Touch of Daring mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

First Steps of Learning Pleasantly mixed media drawing (child’s drawing by Nathan Resnick), 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

There Was Too Much Else to See mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008

Delightful to Look At mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2009

Tom Likes to Laugh mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2009

Remove Stencil mixed media drawing, 13 1/4” X 17 1/2” image on 18 3/4” X 22 3/4” 2008