Opening Saturday! CPC International Printmaking Competition

I am very happy to announce that I have been chosen as one of the finalists in the upcoming competition and exhibition taking place this Saturday at Chicago Prinmakers’ Collaborative! The exhibit will feature work from ten artists and finalists, two of whom will be awarded a 6-month printmaking membership at CPC.

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CPC International Printmaking Competition
Saturday, June 25th
5 – 8 pm
Chicago Printmakers Collaborative
4642 N Western Ave | Chicago, IL

Juror: Debora Wood, Senior Curator
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University

Exhibit runs through August 27, 2011

Cover Illustration for KOSHKA

Wrap-around cover illustration for Koshka, an upcoming magazine published by my friend Kaitlin Kostus, focusing on art and culture of the former Eastern Bloc.

‘koshka’ = Russian for cat

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2-color cover to be offset printed

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original ink drawing

Struwwelpeter on 50watts!

One of my all-time favorite blogs – 50watts – just did a feature post on my Struwwelpeter project!

Click here to see the post

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Huge thanks to 50watts – I am very excited and honored to have the work featured on this incredible blog :)

If you have not checked out the site before, definitely stick around and take a look at all the amazing archives.

Struwwelpeter: larger prints

I decided to make some of the illustrations from Struwwelpeter as individual screen prints.
All prints are limited editions, now available through etsy.

Preamble
Untitled (Preamble), 12.5″ x 18″, screenprint

Fidgety Philip
Fidgety Philip, 11.5″ x 16″, screenprint

Inky Boys
Inky Boys, 11.5″ x 16.5″, screenprint

Struwwelpeter
Struwwelpeter, 11″ x 16″, screenprint

Thanks Quimby’s and everyone!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the Struwwelpeter opening event at Quimby’s!

It was so much fun and I feel incredibly thankful to be around so many talented and amazing people! I didn’t have a chance to photograph so it’s a good thing that Liz at Quimby’s did :)

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Interview in Chicagoist

Many thanks to Betsy Mikel at The Chicagoist for this lovely opportunity to talk about the inspiration and process behind Struwwelpeter, screen printing, and community studios:

Chicago Illustrator Spotlight: Sanya Glisic

Bookbinding

This post is long overdue, as I’ve been preoccupied with finishing up the books. Anyway, here are some shots from the hand binding process.

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punching holes in the signature (group of folded pages)

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a stack of the punched signatures ready to be sewn

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measuring and cutting the spines

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cutting the bookcloth for the covers

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some of the materials: bookcloth, spine, bone folder, PVA glue, brush

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applying glue to the spines…

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…which are glued in place on the bookcloth

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applying glue to the bookcloth…

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…then gluing the bookboard in place

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drying the covers before the next steps

More to come! Hope this was helpful :)

‘Trunk Show’ print for TEN x TEN

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Trunk Show, 2010
10″ x 10″, screenprint, edition of 275

My piece for TEN x TEN, a new collaborative initiative developed by Spudnik Press and Homeroom Chicago

About:
TEN x TEN develops the creative relationship between bands and printmakers beyond show posters. Visual artists invited a musician or band to join the project by recording an original song. Artists then created a 10 in x 10 in print inspired by the song they commissioned. The final collection features a suite of ten art prints and a ten song compilation of all new tracks.

For this project, I teamed up with the very talented Max Alexander (check out his site for more info and streaming). This image was inspired by a new track titled ‘Trunk Show’.

TEN x TEN visual artists:
Dee Clements, Kathleen Judge, Angee Lennard, Onsmith, Colin Palombi, Joey Potts, Grant Reynolds, Tom Smith, Sanya Glisic, Sonnenzimmer

Songs by:
Locks, The Late Model Races, Strictly Jug Nuts, Sky Event, Netherfriends, Nones, Christine Kick, Blasted Diplomats, Max Alexander, Jason Adasiewicz

All the prints and additional works by each artist are on display at LivingRoom Gallery (1530 West Superior Street, Chicago), through February 19th.

Struwwelpeter at Quimby’s!

Come check out my finished Struwwelpeter project at Quimby’s in February!

The event will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, Feb 10th at Quimby’s Bookstore (1854 W North Ave, Chicago)

Visit Quimby’s website for more info

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Quimby’s is one of my favorite places in Chicago. I’ve spent countless hours perusing their comics and wonderful, strange books. I am truly thankful to take part in this event and hope to see you there!

Struwwelpeter

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Now that I’m back, I thought I’d post some updates on the Struwwelpeter project. There has been a lot to do on the books, so I’ve been busy ordering materials and finishing everything up.

The pages have all been printed and cut down to size. I am now in the process of folding, sewing and gluing everything… Soon I will be applying the covers and wrapping everything in bookcloth.

For the next few weeks, I will be recording the book-binding process as much as I can. Since I’m relatively new at this, I’m learning as I go and trying out new things.

First, before the pages can be bound, they have to be folded. Since there are over 620 sheets of paper to fold, setting up a jig is a good idea.

I used some illustration board to set up the edges, then taped a ruler across (making sure it is aligned to the halfway point). The height of the illustration boards allowed for space to slide the sheets in and out.

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Once the sheet was in place, I used a bone folder, sliding it down the length of the ruler a few times. This creates a crease straight down the sheet:

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The crease allows the page to fold in half without damaging it.

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The fold is pressed a couple times on each side with the bone folder, creating a sharp fold. Eventually you have a whole stack of folded pages.

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