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I just got back from week 2 of Frogman’s – a printmaking conference where they teach a handful of classes to students, young and old – I really enjoyed my time. I took a class from a woman named Cerese Vaden, who teaches at University of Arizona. Cerese is a fount of knowledge. On top of teaching me several transfer methods, and helping me realize my love for woodburning, she gave me pointers on photographing a 3-D object like the boxes she makes. If you have a chance to take a workshop with Cerese, I would jump on that opportunity. This is the box I made:

The other classes that were offered were
Intaglio


Stone Lithography


Collagraph

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Photo Gravure (a photo process, that I’d love to learn)


Relief

The duo that taught relief was The Amazing Hancock Brothers, from Austin. They are incredible people, we plan on inviting them as well as a few other artists we met to University Tulsa within the next year. But their style involves stamping, that they cut out of erasers. Here are some photos of their stamps:

Charles and John are on the far left and right, classic Hancock dress. (photo by Carlos Hernandez)

Anyway, I am a firm believer of conferences, I also go to a photo conference, and each one I go to i meet incredible people that give helpful insight to my projects, and have wonderful ideas of their own that are so interesting to hear about. If you’re not going to a confrence for the things you love, you really should look into it. Find your tribe and once you do, stick with them, as long as you can. (If you want to see some of the beat poetry by the Amazing Hancock Brothers, check it out here, courtesy of John Bryant)

Till next time,
Natalie

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