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Hey guys! Man, it’s been a crazy summer, and I am finally able to sit down and write a new post on my personal blog. As you may know, I spent the summer rephotographing Route 66, for my thesis project entitled Mother Road Revisited (if you haven’t gotten to look at the website, check it out). Anyway, in other news, I bought a 6 x 9 letterpress, more on that in my next post. But, a few weeks before I left for my adventure down Route 66, we moved into our new studios in downtown Tulsa. I took some photos before my semester critiques (which is when my studio is it’s cleanest.) So I thought I’d post them:

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This is shot from where I placed my desk. My studio is the only one with a brick wall like this. Our building is a refurbished building that is required to have some of the original structure in it. Thus, this brick wall, but I love it. I also have North facing windows, so I have beautiful light at all times, except at night, obviously.

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This is shot from where the couch is, all of the studios have these great sinks, I can actually do some version of a darkroom with this sink. I have been working with gum bichromate a lot lately, which is a water based process, so the sink is perfect for it. You can see at the end of the room, on the wall the beginnings of my ‘Alter Ego’ project, those two images star two of my favorite models, Kyle Blair and Sean Terska.

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I started messing with the idea of screenprinting illustrations over my photography, so I came up with this collaboration with Jeremiah Christie, from Hovertank Diaries and John Spriggs, from Jeb Kennedy. Jeremiah wrote stories about each photo, while John did illustrations about the stories. The stories are printed on a Japanese paper behind the photo, while the illustration is screen printed on top of the photo. I then waxed the photos, so they became more translucent. They don’t photograph all that well, you can kind of see the words behind the photo on the bottle image in the top right. But I would like to back light them at some point.

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You can see here the gum bichromates I’ve been doing. Some of them are actual prints from the darkroom, while others are scanned prints and then digitally printed on Japanese paper…mostly just messing around with my options right now.

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This is the wall that is mostly about my Route 66 project. These maps show the route I would took in June from Chicago to LA, with the cities circled that I have postcards for along the way.

Anyway, there’s the studio, and a look into what I have been working on in the last year. Hopefully it will all look a little more complete come April.

Talk to you soon,
Natalie

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So, last weekend, I went to Springfield, MO to attend an antique show my friend Scott and Gail put together. (Check it out here )

Anyway, I ran into a fellow there that sold letterpress letters, and i got this idea to buy the letters to make a name plate for my desk that i eventually have when i teach somewhere, some day. (for now…i’ll just put it in my studio…) but anyway, I thought it’d be a nice thing to have, because I am a printmaker/designer/photographer, and it’s letter press letters…how perfect is it really?

Anyway, here’s how it turned out:

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

putting together the sign

the finished piece

the finished piece

Anyway, there you have it. If you want one of your own name plates made out of letterpress letters let me know, and i’ll see if we can make it happen.

-nattles

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On Sunday I got back from St.Louis. The print ganging and I went there for a Print Conference galled “Southern Graphics Counsel” there were panels, and demos…discussions…networking. It was great.

There was a panel that had two presses represented on it, there was a press there called “Little Friends of Printmaking” their biggest advice was to do what you do until someone notices, and if they don’t, Make them notice. they seemed really interesting, and easy going…the other press that talked at the same time was called sonnenzimmer …honestly i didn’t like their look…and they didn’t have a lot of applicable advice. but you might like their stuff…

I also went to a demo on this girl who does woodcuts with a drimmel…  she also prints it all by hand…because she prints things that are 8ft by 5ft. Her stuff was quite stunning

There were two things that got me really thinking and one of them was that we heard Swoon speak and she talked about these boats they made out of found items…she told this story about how she made the boats to the size that they’d fit under the bridges of the grand canal in Venice…and how they floated them through the grand canal…it was so whimsical and vagabond-esqe…made me wish i could embrace that kind of lifestyle and be fulfilled…but…i don’t think it’s made for me…although i really admire people who can do it. She also talked about her woodcuts,wheat pastes and how she gets her inspiration. She really said some things that made me start to think about what I really want to do with my career and how I want to work with a community of artists. She said things like “once you find a community of artists you work well together with, don’t lose that, even if you move far away from people, you can still collab on things” and she talked about becoming part of the space, and knowing your community. She talked about how she makes art that isn’t suppose to last…how she puts up her woodcuts and then it becomes part of the environment when the weather gets to it…just interesting ideas…and she deals a lot with social justice in art, and portraits…a lot like a documentary photographer….also she’s getting into architecture in haiti, which is really cool…She also did an installation piece in St.Louis just for the conference, so it was cool to see one of her pieces in St.Louis.

Swoon

Swoon

Swoon Close up

Swoon Close up

Another Close Up

Another Close Up

There was a parade that night that we randomly got caught up in…with fire and stilts…and bicycle art….

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Random Unsactioned Parade we were a part of

Crazy Parade

Crazy Parade

I also got to watch some people with a letterpress print a few posters, and even got to run the press myself! that was pretty cool.
Box of letterpress letters

Box of letterpress letters

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Letterpress letters

Letterpress letters

Pretty cool. Want one. Don’t know where I’d put it.
The last day we went to a show by Tom Huck he is such a talented woodcut printer. here are a few images i snapped of his work:
Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

Tom Huck Close up

These pieces are at least 7ft x 3ft. He also had the blocks there so it was really neat to see how we cut the blocks and the lines he made. It really helped me understand how woodblocks work and what mine needed to look like in the end.
Anyway, St. Louis was a really good Southern Graphics Counsel Conference. I am glad I went, I got a lot of great advice about my printmaking and photography merging together. Eventually I will get some of my most recent work up on this blog so you guys can see what I”m up to. It’s been a crazy March though. I’m impressed I’ve done 2 blogs in the midst of everything that’s going on.
Anyway, continue working on stuff! Do what you love, and make people notice.
-natalie

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