Above: Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac), quintessential plant of the Canadian landscape, sometimes known as “the Railway Plant” because is grows so freely along rail road embankments from coast to coast. Its red candles were used by Native Peoples of Canada to make a lemony tasting drink. The whole plant gives yellow or yellow-green dyes. I use the fresh green leaves for tannins in the mordanting of cellulose fibres, as well as for contact printing on paper (above) and textiles. The red berries or “candles” (dried or fresh) print a beautiful range of reds and pinks on paper and silk.
I am off to Britain, my native land, next week. I will be an exhibitor, presenter and workshop instructor at a festival and symposium organized by the The Gloucestershire Printmakiing Cooperative. I'll be taking a little of Canada back with me in my prints and Artist Books – both native plants and green immigrants.
IMPRESS International Printmaking Festival.
The festival takes place in the Cotswolds at various locations in and around Stroud, Cheltenham and Cirencester. Britain, China, Cuba, Peru and Canada among others will be represented. I am looking forward to meeting the plants I know well in Canada but in their native or adopted territory! Almost all the plants I have used for my prints so far can and do also grow in England. (See my reference pages for more info about plants to use) It will be an adventure to see how some of those same plants print in an English spring instead of an Ottawa summer and fall!
The Ottawa Gatineau Printmakers Connective (OGPC) is sending work by seven members who have been invited to explore the themes of “the land” and “native”. The title of the Canadian exhibit is“Landmarks”. Some OGPC members will also have work in the “Red Ink” exhibit. It will be very exciting to share with printmakers from so many different cultural traditions.
I'll be in the “alternative” printmaking stream of the festival.
1. Presentation and Demonstration
Saturday March 16 at 11:30 at the Art College of Stroud.
2. Master Class in Eco Printing
Monday March 18, 2013 from 9:30 – 4:00 at Griffin Mill studio of the Gloucestershire Printmakers Co op in Stroud.
3. Meet The Artists “Landmarks”
(Wendy Feldberg and Mary Baranowski Lowden)
Wednesday March 20, Corinium Museum, Cirencester (Sched TBD)
4. Printing and Design Workshop based on “Landmarks”
Dry point, roller and sponge effects, monoprint with printing press
Tuesday March 26, 2-4:30, Corinium Museum, Cirencester
For the IMPRESS festival details:
www.gpchq.org.uk (“IMPRESS” tab)
For info about the symposium, classes and workshops:
Ottawa Gatineau Printmakers’ Connective exhibits etc. at IMPRESS
– “Landmarks” at the Corinium Museum, Cirencester
– “Red Ink” at the Gloucester Cathedral Cloisters
Ottawa Gatineau Printmakers Connective artists at the IMPRESS festival:
Mary Baranowski Lowden
My work at the festival:
Updates to previous posts and to my plant page, plus a new page about copyright!