Tune in this week for a conversation with printmaker Alynn Guerra.
I met Alynn, 32, of Grand Rapids at a local street fair and really liked the prints she creates and sells under the name Red Hydrant Press. Not long after, I recorded an interviewed and wrote a column about her for my newspaper.
As I recently wrote on my GR Press blog: I respect the social commentary and accessibility of Guerra’s work. You don’t have to make millions to own it, and you don’t need to stand on your head and squint with one eye to try to understand it. Alynn speaks through her art, carving images and words into printing blocks and linoleum and “publishing” her work for a limited audience one print at a time.
Printmaking has always intrigued me, so I really enjoyed spending time in Guerra’s studio watching her work. We even shot a homemade printmaking 101 video that will be available on YouTube as soon as I find time to edit it so stay tuned for that, too.
This is the Alynn’s press, the magical red suit case she mentions in the interview and one of the lamps she used to make and sell and is the lamp Alynn mentions making and selling, early in her art show days.
This week’s project: Download the pdf for Alynn’s instructions to carve a block and print your own gift tags. (Note: This project could easily be adapted to make Valentine cards.)
The “Itty Bitty” Contest continues: To enter to win a copy of “Itty-Bitty Nursery,” post a comment on the show notes page about the most whimsical thing you’ve ever made or something whimsical that you want to make. Or, if whimsy isn’t your thing, feel free to respond to anything Susan said during our chat in your post and I will enter you into the drawing.
To enter, simply copy your post into an e-mail to Jennifer@craftsanity.com. Please include your mailing address in your email so I know where to send your prize if you win. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 18.
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