As the Ottawa School of Art is closed on Sundays during the summer I spent last Sunday working on embroidering into my fabric prints all day. It was a nice break to relax on the balcony and the couch.
Week two of my residency at the Ottawa School of Art has felt significantly more productive. I finished editioning all 6 of the 6 inch blocks that I proofed last week. And I printed the first two colours on the twenty four inch block.
OSA - Studio selfie.
One heck of a roller storage unit at OSA.
READY... SET... PRINT!
First block spot rolled with three colours.
Tiny spot rolling requires tiny rollers, sometimes. I found this little handmade roller in the roller collection at OSA.
The tiny roller worked great on this complicated block.
Spot inking this intricate block was fun.
Sometimes it takes a little while to figure out my colour choices. This block was the most difficult to make colour decision with!
Quick photos of all 6 prints together.
As soon as I finished these prints I started on the large 24x24 inch block that I've been excited to turn into a reductive print for a while.
Carving more from the same block for the next layer.
Two layers down, plenty more to go next week.
I ran into some registration issue, as the rice paper is quite flimsy and it's to handle at that size without help of an assistant. First time I ran into this problem, as I usually don't print oversize reduction prints on the direct press.
Riding my bike into OSA each morning and back has become significantly easier. Last week was a bit rough on that front. But the ride is quite lovely for long stretches it goes through the Rideau River Pathway system, I see a ton of wildlife, rabbits, black squirrels, many different birds, muskrats, racoons and sometimes I see people sitting in camping chairs in the river, which is a bit of an odd sight, but I guess it must be pleasantly cool. My favourite part is crossing the Adawe bike/pedestrian bridge which has two large metal balls attached to it which create a fishbowl like mirror when you bike over it. It is an art installation by Kenneth Emig you can view a wintery version of it here. I will try to capture some good photos of it on my commute next week.
Stay tuned for the following post about the workshops I taught during the last few days at OSA.