‘Nutcracker’ illustrations in the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature

Just received my contributor copies of the Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature!  It is a large, bright anthology of classic children’s stories, adaptated by various contemporary artists and illustrators. Edited by Russ Kick, out now from Seven Stories Press.

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, cover

Graphic Canon of Children's Literature, book

It was VERY hard to choose which story to adapt, but I finally decided to go with “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King”. I have always loved the Tchaikovsky ballet, the costumes and the characters. While researching, I learned that the ballet was actually based on the short story by Alexander Dumas, which was actually a re-write of an earlier version by E.T.A Hoffmann, a German writer and composer. The original, written in 1816, is much darker, stranger, and more interesting than the later Dumas version. So of course I had to illustrate the original :)

These began as brush and ink drawings, which were digitally colored for the publication. I later decided to make the images into screen prints. You can see the original handprinted editions on my etsy page

The Battle between Dolls and Mice, detail

The Nutcracker and Doll Kingdom, spread

Seven-Headed Mouse King and The Battle between Dolls and Mice, spread

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Relief presentation

I teach a Print Basics class at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative on Tuesday nights. It is a very full class but somehow everyone manages to make it despite the snow and subzero temps… we have a lot of fun! and snacks! :D

Anyway, this week everyone rocked it! I have to post about it. Here is a photo and video of Casey Engel, my badass TA, showing off some of her relief prints and blocks. Afterwards we got the carving and printing demos… I will be posting some of the prints next week.

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New printmaking classes starting soon!

It’s the dead of winter, come hang in the printshop!

I’m excited to announce a new line-up of classes starting soon… Learn to print, make cool stuff, bring a buddy and some tunes to share :-)

follow the links for more info and to register…

Introduction to Relief Printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center:

2 – 5pm Saturdays, April 11 – May 9

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Screenprinting Explorations at Spudnik Press:

6 – 8:30pm Tuesdays, March 10 – May 28

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Intro to Printmaking at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative:

6 – 9pm Mondays, March 30 – May 4

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Cover for Newcity’s Year End Super Issue

Cover for Newcity’s Year End super guide to Chicago.

Had a lot of fun with this. The birds, letters and stars were actually cut out of black paper, which was then scanned.

With so much violence and chaos in the news, this was a quiet, personal response to the current state of things… Possibility and hope for tranquility and peace.

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CPC 25th Exhibit: Thank you & photos

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the opening at EXPO 72 for CPC’s 25th Anniversary Exhibition. Such a magical night!

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photography © Jeff Lassahn 2014

opening night
photography © Jeff Lassahn 2014

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group shot of some of the artists… I stole this from somewhere online (because we look adorable!!), apologies for lack of photo credit

The exhibit included one of my new works (below), which I haven’t had a chance to post yet.

The piece is called “Moth”, from a new collection of prints exploring colors and patterns as inpired by insects and seasons.

It is 24″ x 21″ four-color screen print on Stonehenge. Please click through for larger views.

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glisic 'moth' 2014

glisic 'moth' 2014, detail

For more details and purchasing info, please visit my etsy shop

The framing was done by my very talented friend and artist, Liz Born, of Pilsen’s awesome new printshop & framing studio, Hoofprint Woorkshop. These guys truly rock!

The exhibition is on view through February 28th, 2015, at EXPO 72 Gallery – right across the street from the Chicago Cultural Center

CPC 25th: Opening THIS Friday, Nov 14 at EXPO 72

Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, the awesome independent printshop where I print and teach, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with an exhibition opening this Friday, November 14th, at EXPO 72 Gallery

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This exhibit is *not to be missed* – a beautifully curated show of over 50 artists affiliated with the Collaborative over the years, featuring an array of original artworks and prints.

Preview and Reception: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 15, 2014 – February 28, 2015
EXPO 72 Gallery, 72 E Randolph St (across from Chicago Cultural Center)

Featured artists:
Hiroshi Ariyama, Stephanie Barenz, Christopher Blume, Matt Bodett, Molly Briggs, Deirdre Britt, Margaret Buchen, Charles Cohan, Aaron Coleman, Carlos Cortez, Jeanine Coupe-Ryding, David Driesbach, Joel Dugan, Leslie Eliet, Tony Fitzpatrick, Christine Gendre-Bergere, Sanya Glisic, Karinna Gomez, Michael Goro, Holly Greenberg, Susan Hall, John Himmelfarb, Elise Hughes, Carrie Iverson, Michael Jackson, Catherine Jacobi, David Jones, Anne Karsten, Deborah Maris Lader, Jeff Lassahn, Kim Laurel, Alan Lerner, Bart Longacre, Jeremy Lundquist, Michelle McCoy, Bert Menco, Ruth Moscovitch, Maria Mungai, Duffy O’Connor, Dennis O’Malley, Mary O’Shaughnessy, Artemio Rodriguez, Maria Sanchez, Jenny Schmid, Andrea Schumacher, Jeff Sippel, Chase Sperry, Megan Sterling, Scott Westgard, Eric Wilson

Also expect delicious local & sustainable treats (Cafe Selmarie, Baker Miller, New Holland Brewing, Butcher & The Burger), and of course some custom-printed refreshments :)

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“Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature” Exhibition at Society of Illustrators, NY

I have some pieces on display as part of the current exhibition at the Society of Illustrators in New York.

The exhibit features a selection of artworks from “The Graphic Canon of Children’s Literature”, written by Russ Kick and published by Seven Stories Press:

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The reception and book launch is this Friday, November 7 at the Society of Illustrators. The exhibit dates are November 4 – December 20, 2014

For more info, please visit the Society of Illustrators

In addition, Publishers Weekly just released this great new review of the book!

If you happen to be in NYC, please stop by and check out the show! :-)

Relief & Screenprinting at Lillstreet

For anyone interested in an overview of screen printing and relief techniques, I will be teaching a new class at Lillstreet Art Center for their Early Winter schedule:

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Relief & Screenprinting Combo
Multi-Level, 5 weeks
Saturdays, Nov 22 – Dec 20, 2014
3 – 6 pm

Learn the basics of two processes in one class: relief and screenprinting. Students will translate their designs into original prints in both mediums. Fundamentals including carving, inking, printing linoleum blocks and exposing images to screens will be covered. Additional time will be spent choosing ink, mixing ink colors and selecting tools. Hand and press printing will be demonstrated for relief.

More info & register

Upcoming EXHIBIT + FEAST: Basilica Chymica

I am very excited to announce Basilica Chymica, an upcoming exhibition organized by the incredible print team at Hoofprint Workshop, and curated by Raeleen Kao.

The exhibit pairs six artists with six chefs creating all new limited-edition hand-printed works and original culinary dishes… Participants include Vesna Jovanovic, Hillary Grossman (Avec), Edible Alchemy, Kelly Riker, and others.
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illustrated collector’s litho tickets by Raeleen Kao  //  hand-printed by Gabe Hoare of Hoofprint Workshop
Basilica Chymica: Exhibition + Feast

Hoofprint Workshop is pleased to present Basilica Chymica, a collaboration between six visual artists and six chefs, working in pairs to create a synesthetic experience based on the ancient discipline of alchemy. Artists will show sketches and state proofs alongside the finished editions to reveal secret transformations.

CULINARY PREVIEW (ticketed)
Friday, October 3rd
6:30 – 10 pm (dinner: 7 – 9 pm)

Featuring six courses of small plates and six mini-cocktails, each inspired by a new print-based work.
PLUS: performance plating, cocktail pairings & live acoustic set by Mawrcrest

puchase tickets HERE

PUBLIC RECEPTION (free)
Saturday, October 4th
7 – 10 pm

Hoofprint Workshop, 2433 S Oakley Ave, Chicago IL

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Featuring:

VESNA JOVANOVIC
KELLY RIKER
SANYA GLISIC
DAMARAK THE DESTROYER
RAELEEN KAO
& VANESSA DELLAMORTE

DIETRICH MATTSON-MCGAFFEY, Edible Alchemy
DEAN WILLIAMS, underground dining
SULEY DIMAS, Soho House Chicago
HILLARY GROSSMAN, Avec
GRIFFIN BENKO, The Terrace at Trump Tower
SOBREMESA SUPPER CLUB

Cocktails by MIKE ZELL, Little Goat

Organic, cold-pressed juice by Owen + Alchemy

With organic spirits provided by KOVAL Distillery

MORE INFO / PRESS: https://www.facebook.com/events/264946417041139

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*** VIP and Collector’s ticket holders are also invited to attend an exclusive Basilica Chymica tasting at Logan Square’s soon-to-open modern juice apothecary, Owen + Alchemy
Tuesday, September 30th, 7 – 9pm
2355 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago IL