Steamroller Printmaking

Another highlight of the City Wide Open Studios Bike Tour this year was the steamroller printmaking in the Westville section of New Haven.

Inking a woodcut.

Inking a woodcut.

The printing process. Watch your toes.

The printing process. Watch your toes.

Pulling the print.

Pulling the print.

City Wide Open Studios 2015

A beautiful fall day for a bike ride with friends, old and new. Some pictures from the New Haven City Wide Open Studios Bike Tour, sponsored by ArtSpace and led by Rob Rocke and Sarah Fritchey

 Yale School of Architecture’s First Year Building Project

 Yale School of Architecture’s First Year Building Project

Recent Yale Art grad Camille Hoffman talking about a recently completed painting.

Recent Yale Art grad Camille Hoffman talking about a recently completed painting.

Sculptor Shahrzad Changalvee, another recent Yale Art grad, whose work deals with totemic incarnations of desire and longing.

Sculptor Shahrzad Changalvee, another recent Yale Art grad, whose work deals with totemic incarnations of desire and longing.

Painter Lenny Moskowitz showing one of his plein air collage studies

Painter Lenny Moskowitz showing one of his plein air collage studies

Creative Arts Workshop Classes Update

I had a great group today for my Beginning Photoshop Class at the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven. They started building a familiarity with the program interface and explored ways to interact with the software, via keyboard, mouse and tablet. The majority of this first session was devoted to learning the fundamentals of digital imaging, resolution, color spaces and bit depth as much as it was learning about Photoshop. Next week will be just as useful, but less abstract, as we explore the wide world of selection techniques. They will have to limber up like a concert pianist to prepare for the many keyboard shortcuts involved in making accurate selections! If anyone is still interested in attending there is still one seat available, (or you could BYOComputer), please contact CAW staff to sign up. The class will be running on Sundays from 1:30-4:30p through October 18th.

Unfortunately the Paper Modeling class will not be running this term. I will try again during the Winter or Spring session. I'm going to post a couple of videos of paper modeling techniques and some pictures of different types of models so that people will have a clearer understanding of what the class is about. In addition to being able to make really cool paper objects the class is a great introduction to basic CAD and 3D modelling concepts using free, open source, or low cost software. It is the kind of introduction that I wish I would have had before I jumped into 3D printing. 

Below is a picture of the Paper-crafted heads that I helped costume designer Steven Rotramel fabricate for the Yale University Repertory Theater's production of "Elevada" by Sheila Callaghan in 2015. Steven photographed the lead actor and mapped the still images of his head onto a 3D model that he built in Anim8tor. He flattened the texture mapped model in Pepakura Designer and printed it out onto 2-ply bristol paper using an  Epson 9880 inkjet printer. Multiple heads were printed and assembled and then embellished with foam core glasses and a scarf.  Seeing the actor dancing around a doctor's waiting room with a chorus line of big-headed doppelgangers was one of the highlights of a very funny production.

Elevada, Yale Repertory Theater, 2015. Photo courtesy of Steven Rotramel.

Elevada, Yale Repertory Theater, 2015. Photo courtesy of Steven Rotramel.

Sound + Vision

These two pieces will be part of an exhibition and auction of imaginary album covers entitled SOUND & VISION. The first work utilizes a large CNC device that I've been working on based on the MPCNC design created by Ryan Zellars. I'll be posting some pictures and videos of the multitool in the coming weeks. 

The SOUND & VISION exhibit is a visual playlist created by artists, in support of two of the region’s cultural venues: WPKN-FM, and The Institute Library. Each artist responded to a call to create an imaginary album cover.

The exhibit will be on view at The Institute Library during the month of October. The entire event will culminate with a party, silent auction results, and live WPKN broadcast on Saturday, October 31st.

Each artist was also asked to provide a "mix-tape" of five songs to accompany their work. It was tough to limit the list to five so I just picked some music that I have been listening to a lot in the studio. Here is my songlist:

Better Get It In Your Soul - Charles Mingus
A Shot In The Dark - John Zorn
Mladic - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
At the End We Listen - Geo Wyeth
Nuvole bianche - Ludovico Einaudi

Industrial Edit - Pen plotted CNC on DuraLar and photogram on rice paper.

Industrial Edit - Pen plotted CNC on DuraLar and photogram on rice paper.

Glam Edit - Pen plotted CNC on DuraLar, inkjet print on film and glitterboard.

Glam Edit - Pen plotted CNC on DuraLar, inkjet print on film and glitterboard.

Hybrid Printmaking Weekend Class

Pictures from the Master Class in Hybrid Printmaking techniques that I taught at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT.  featuring transfer printing, direct printing to non-porous pre-coated surfaces, and relief printing from 3D printed blocks. Thanks to the entire staff at CCP for hosting a fantastic workshop !

Alcohol gel transfer print by Jill Cliffer Baratta.

Alcohol gel transfer print by Jill Cliffer Baratta.

Direct print to aluminum flashing by Tim Ross.

Direct print to aluminum flashing by Tim Ross.

Relief print from a 3D printed matrix by Amy Laughlin.

Relief print from a 3D printed matrix by Amy Laughlin.