The latest issue of Art in Print featured an article that kindly mentions my Struwwelpeter artist book.
Written by Courtney R. Thompson, the article covers the recent “Pulled, Pressed, Printed” exhibition at EXPO 72 Gallery. The show featured various Chicago artists and spaces, including Spudnik Press, where I completed the book during the artist residency.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to the opening last Saturday! It was lovely to see so many great friends and meet new ones. I am so grateful for the lovely and warm reception.
The exhibition will run through September 1st, at the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square.
Below are some of the prints on display.
Strange Mad Song, screenprint and woodcut, 15″ x 22″
This is the finished woodcut series I’ve been working on. The cover and story are screen printed on the outside cover (click for larger view)
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, print suite of ten woodcuts
‘Man Is Not A Bird’, front and back with silkscreened cover wrap, 11″ x 15″
In The Forest, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
The Kill And The Departure, from ‘Man Is Not A Bird’, woodcut, 11″ x 15″
Printing to the sound of trains passing by, at Spudnik’s new space.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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:
The crease allows the page to fold in half without damaging it.
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.
Working on the poster art and printing for the upcoming moe. New Year’s Eve performance. This also marks their 20th Anniversary show, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
Finished the first color for over 200 posters last night…
printing the second color of ‘Johnny Head-in-Air’…
Here is one of the finished spreads. This one is in the center of the signature so the story relates to the image. Just to give an idea of the dimensions, the full sheet is 17.5″ x 11.5″.