September 23, 2011

A new season begins

It may be 75 degrees in Los Angeles but it's the first day of fall (yes, LA does have one), and in its honor, we bring you North Carolina artist Nancy Darrell's woodcut and linoleum prints. My sister gave me a set of her guinea hen notecards a while back, and I've been a fan ever since.

The 6 colors in this print are achieved by 4 separate woodcuts. It is printed on 10” x 12” acid-free Japanese paper using a baren and wooden spoon. It is packaged on acid free foam board. Edition of 54.

Darrell is by training a potter, and in the 1970s began a career making porcelain dinnerware, which she illustrated with simple landscapes. But "something about a black and white woodcut print" drew her into relief prints and she began making woodcuts in the 1990s, entirely self taught. In 1998, she enrolled in a printmaking class at the legendary Penland School of Crafts, and has been working steadily ever since. In 2008, she was accepted into the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and has gone on to train in letterpress printing at Asheville Bookworks and wood engraving at John C. Campbell Folk School.

Morning Frolic
6" x 9" woodcut printed on rieves light weight paper

The Giving Tree
11" x 14" woodcut printed on rieves light weight paper

Single Guinea
5" x 7" linocut with watercolor, printed on 7" x 9" rives lightweight paper

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