BigInk Mid-Atlantic Recap Write Up:

This spring I had the opportunity to create a large scale woodblock print with BigInk at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, MD. I have always loved all types of printmaking and was excited to see how my cut paper work would translate with a new medium. Unlike my paper cut pieces, I had to start with a sketch of what the design would be.  Since wood block carving is a reductive process, I had to think carefully about the positive and negative space to mimic the layering effects  achieved with layering paper.  The repetitive motion of carving was similar to cutting with an xacto knife. 

At the printing event, all of the artists worked collaboratively along with Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet to print each artists block. It was an amazing learning experience to see how each artists approached their woodblock, the intricacy and simplicity of the printing process and of course the breathtaking final reveal as the paper is pulled off of the inked block. 

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