By Miriam Singer, artist and Philagrafika 2010 Volunteer
This is my selection of photographs I took at the SGC international conference:Mark Remarque. There was so much to do and see, lectures, exhibits, demos, and events. I could not do it all. I went to printmaking demos during the day and events at night. I have been thinking a lot about relief printing, so I went to demos and events that were somehow tied into relief, book binding, and wheatpaste. They fit well together. The photo above:Wednesday 3/17, Drive by Press at The Print Center. a public block party taking over the entire block of Latimer St. It was a woodblock block party. The Philagrafika 2010 Graphic Unconscious exhibit at The Print Center was open till 9 p.m. Drive By Press was printing woodblocks and silkscreens on t-shirts or paper out on the street. And encouraging participant collaboration.
Above; Drive By Press is printing woodblocks right out of the back of their van.
After The Print Center I headed to UArts For Democratic Down N'Dirty DIY Screenprinting where participants were encouraged to screenprint on paper and wheatpaste it on to wood panels.These panels were later installed as part of The Wall of Statements in the university lot at 313 South Broad Street. Thursday 3/18; I headed to Southern Graphic Demonstrations at UArts and PAFA. Above; Mary Tasillo Printing with Pulp veil Layers and Editioning, at UArts. Here she is printing layers of colored pulp into her handmade paper with stencils and molds. She had all kinds of different interesting techniques, Some you can do at home (with a blender). See her blog about her Philagrafika Independent Project public art project, Book Bombs with her collaborator Michelle Wilson.
Above:Bobby Rosenstock & Erin Sweeney: Experimental Broadsides on the Vandercook Press, UArts.
Above two Images : Animated Prints with Claire Fourquet at UARTS. monotype as animation. Pictured above: UArts student assistants are doing a series of trace monotypes to be photographed and uploaded into an animation by Professor Fourquet.
At PAFA I checked out Joseph Lappie's demonstration: The Drum Leaf or How To Make an Artist's Book That Accommodates (Nearly) Every Print Technique Ever. A Drum Leaf is a binding that requires no sewing and only minimal glue.
Friday 3/19 I headed to Moore College of Art for Katie Baldwin's Demo: Japanese Style Water-Based Printing (Moku Hanga) pictured in photographs above. Much Later on that day I also saw Katie's installation in The Extra-Dimensional Printmaking Invitational at NEXUS/foundation for today's art. Katie also had great instructional zines available following her demo.
The photo above: Japanese Stab Binding Demonstration also at Moore. Tara O'Brien and Melanie Mowinski split the demonstration time between how to create the binding, and part of the time discussing the relationship between content and structure of this bind.
Above is an image of Monika Meler placing her cardboard matrix on the press at Tyler School Of Art. Monika uses cardboard and pvc board to produce multilayered prints.
Following the demos I headed to: Viking Ship, Hostel Takeover. A 25 foot long wooden viking ship, built by Dennis McNett of HowlingPrint Studios I brought some prints of my own to wheatpaste the ship with, I luckily got to put a few up before the wheatpaste was put away and they installed the wheels. It was a magnificent ship ! The photo above was taken by Rebecca Mott. The color and mark combinations from the accumulation of prints were amazing. Following all the receptions including SGC portfolios, Medium Resistance, and Nexus, at 8 pm everyone paraded with the ship down American St to 2nd St. Happily. I managed to come away with a piece of the ship after we all broke it apart in the Piazza (2nd and Hancock) .