Sunday, September 14, 2014

Cast Paper w/ Print Imagery Workshop ~ SFCB

Cast Paper With Print Imagery ~ October 16th, 1:00-4:00pm @ San Francisco Center for the Book
This class involves using a printed image and merging it with a dimensional form during the paper casting process. Andrea and Jon use clay moulds because of their durability, lightweight and ease to recycle. Jon Hook, ceramic artist and expert in clay mold making, will lead participants in the construction of a clay mold using natural forms or something you bring to the class. This will be used as a future tool for your casting paper projects. During the class, Andrea Peterson, paper/print artist, will lead you through the casting process with print inclusion with fired clay moulds.  Students may bring printed image to try otherwise a selection will be available for experimentation. 
Materials to Bring:  Objects that could fit in two hands to cast (optional)
Workshop Fee: $150
Date & Time: Thursday, October 16, 2014 :: 1:00-4:00PM
Location: This workshop will take place at 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Note: Please read the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class
About the Instructors | Jon Hook & Andrea Peterson

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pulp Painting @ Bryant Street Studios ~ San Francisco

Pulp Painting With Guest Instructor Michelle Wilson ~ 1890 Bryant Street
CLASS DATE: September 20th. 2014
CLASS TIME: 10am - 4pm
Taught by Michelle Wilson
Class Held at 1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco CA 94110
Finely beaten paper pulp can act just like paint to make brilliant imagery in handmade paper. When dried, the painting is an actual part of the paper, which can stand alone or be transformed further through drawing, printing, traditional painting, or whatever you can think of for a mixed media creation. This class will cover various pulp painting techniques including direct painting, stencils, collage inclusions, and other means of pulp-based mark-making. Sheets will be air dried and some left to dry under pressure for several days and mailed to students.
Materials are included, and there is a short tool list which will be emailed for the class once you are enrolled.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Karen Baldner ~ Bloomington, IN

Karen Baldner ~ Bloomington, IN
The inspiration to my work is the seeming paradox of opposites. I am interested in dichotomies of all sorts as they live side by side with each other in my own life, in that of others, and in the grander history of human kind: brutality and grace, coarseness and dignity, the beautiful and the grotesque. In my work each new piece is a kind of alchemic act towards living with this paradox. Personal trauma serves as the narrative backdrop to my work. Hence my various bodies of work are accompanied by a certain emotional evolution from pain to anger to pleasure and humor, to an interest in the human drama outside my personal realm. I like to see my work as a process of incompatibles not necessarily its resolution.
 This ongoing body of drawings explores the space between absence and presence as an experience of potential and suspense. They record in a stream-of-consciousness vocabulary the experience of elusive yet powerful memory presences that embed themselves into the fabric of life. The handmade paper with its fluid formations is to lend an organic surface on which the image has room to shift.  Images emerge from a combination of ink pen or charcoal line drawings, ink washes and photo copy transfers that can flow spontaneously and synchronous with the experience.  
Handmade paper sheets are made from abaca/flax with embedded horse hair, mixed media drawings, ranging in size from 8" x 11" to 15" x 20"

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FDH/APHA Members' Exhibition ~ DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sept.15th

(THIS IS OURSELVES) Under Pressure 

Exhibit Opening: Friday, October 17 at 1 PM
Reception: Friday, October 17 from 6 PM to 9 PM 

1890 Bryant Street Studios

890 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
The exhibition will be juried and curated by Anne Beck of Lost Coast Culture Machine in Fort Bragg.
FDH and APHA members are invited to submit work to be considered for the juried members’ exhibition. In accordance with the theme of this year’s joint conference, Paper on the Press, Under Pressure seeks to present a contemporary perspective on the historic applications of paper and print. For ages they have worked together to deliver entertainment, to disseminate knowledge, to spread belief systems and propaganda, to report rules, regulations and current happenings. Predated by the town crier, the combination of paper + print (+ human) to get the word out implies a sense of urgency - working under pressure to ask pressing questions and confront pressing issues.
Under Pressure seeks work incorporating handmade paper that encounters the pressing issues and pressing questions of today and is somehow "under pressure" to envision a different future. Work can take any form from instructional manuals to sculptural installation, and can be practical, visionary, regressive, progressive, whimsical, or imaginary in nature. Pressure valves and trephinations will also be considered. Let David Bowie and Freddie Mercury be your muse.
Email 1-3 JPG(s), a brief statement (listing title, date, medium, dimensions and how the work connects to the theme), and resume to by September 15th, 2014. Format images to 4 x 6 inches at 150 dpi. Update your American Printing History Association (APHA) membership or Friends of Dard Hunter (FDH) membership

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Paper On The Presstek 34 DI-X ~ Berkeley, CA

Grendl Löfkvist operating the Presstek 34 DI-X at Inkworks Press. Photo by Scott Braley.
Paper On The Press ~ San Francisco
Members of APHA and the Friends of Dard Hunter, will soon receive by mail, the program for the upcoming conference in San Francisco. It was printed on a Presstek 34 DI-X four-color waterless offset press at Inkworks Press. On this high-tech machine, plates are imaged directly on press using lasers, bypassing film entirely. The press can produce up to 300 lpi and stochastic screening in perfect register.
Inkworks Press, located in Berkeley, is a collectively owned, politically progressive, sustainably operated union print shop that was founded in 1974. Inkworks Press originated out of the social justice movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and has come to serve a wide range of non-profits, environmental groups, community organizations, and socially responsible businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. ~ A.P.H.A

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Papermaking With Fungi ~ Montana

Papermaking With Fungi ~ Western Montana Mycological Association ~ Montana
These photos were taken at one of many papermaking demonstrations sponsored in part by the WMMA. We have offered papermaking workshops at several WMMA symposia, using Fomitopsis pinicola and other common conks as the substrate for pulp.