It has been great to host Artists in Residence this winter. In February, Annaday Hiser enjoyed an intensely creative time, working on 4 book projects that she had been incubating for a number of years, using her cyanotype or photogravure images. We collaborated to bring printing, structures, and content together for beautifully rich and meaningful works. She printed woodblock pages, letterpress titles, glued sequences, sewn bindings, all on beautiful tactile papers.
In March we are enjoying Ellen Wiener here in residence to expand her print vocabulary and considerable color sensibilities with woodcut and collagraph monoprinting. A rich tapestry surrounds us with her works in the current exhibition, as well as in the pattern influences that become layered densities, as the work and immersion evolves.
These artists bring great conversations….and now a great reading list from their recommendations!
A winter Saturday brought clear skies and folks for the Patterned Papers Workshop. Lots of color and innovations were shared for the paste papers. See the combed designs by Kerry –
And the marbling made intricate designs – and a learning curve for all – as colors and patience made beautiful patterns. See Jennifer floating the colors, then lay the sheet for the transfer of the combed bouquets –
It was great to have all of you here for the workshop!
It feels great to have completed the editioning for Nancy Friedemann’s dramatic large, detailed woodcut, just this past Wednesday. Here is the team of us at work: Karen, Joyce Bingeman student assistant, and Nancy! The luscious dark ink is glistening and the rollers flying.
We hosted a beautiful invitational Publishing Party, at the end of October, to announce the release of the three Constellation Studios Publications by Nancy Friedemann, Kim Reid Kuhn, and Karen Kunc. Beautiful food and art and patrons!
And the special recital on November 20th by Jarod Hiscock, Jenny Smith, and The Skyros String Quartet was exhilarating. An architectural sense of space and sound was at play, through the beautiful, rich voices and music. Thanks to all for a memorable experience.
“Songs of Samuel Barber (1910-1981)” will be performed by baritone Jared Hiscock, a doctoral student in the UNL Glen Korff School of Music. Featuring Jenny Smith, mezzo-soprano, Denis Plutalov, pianist, and the Skyros String Quartet. The recital is free, with a reception to follow.
Lincoln artist Jeremy Johnson has executed his largest painting ever, and probably his first outdoor mural, created for Constellation Studios ongoing WallWorks public art project. This new addition to brings painterly atmospheric abstraction, a sense of voids and spheres, gestural drips and tendrils. We all watched in amazement as Jeremy responded each day to his stenciling props of sticks and antlers, his energetic layering with spray and brush, as he responds intuitively to the paint and the surrounding at large. Many passers-by were interested and engaged in dialogue with this intelligent and driven artist. Jeremy holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Papermaker Helen Hiebert was here for a watermarking workshop with UNL students in the papermaking studio. We learned interesting techniques and refined our skills for pulp preparation and sheet forming. She presented a great variety of samples that inspired intricate designs for the transmission of light through the paper as a watermark, due to the different thickness of the paper. Very beautiful results!
The fall Color Woodcut Printmaking Workshop brought artists together for color and a collaborative atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed the studio space and time, and we saw influences between each other from sharing color layers and conversations. Another experience of “Constellation Studio heaven”! Thank you Stephanie, Nancy, Lisa, Kelly, Katherine!
I have enjoyed great teaching in workshops here at Constellation Studios and in my summer travels to Anderson Ranch Art Center and Penland School of Crafts. Thanks to everyone who made the experiences so rewarding and engaging!
This week I taught the Japanese Mokuhanga watercolor woodblock printmaking method, and we all learned to balance the nuances of Ink, Water, Wood – how the paper held the color, the pressure from the baren, fine tuning our wood carving skills, and sharing space and success.
The first week of August was beautiful in the Colorado mountains, where I was hosted at Anderson Ranch. My workshop on Text & Image to Book was very experimental with mixed print media and approaches. Presses were humming for woodcuts and collagraphs, along with movable type on the backpack SCOPE press. Beautiful books were made by everyone, expanding and gathering pages of stories, tributes, textures, word play.
Constellation Studios Publications venture brought Visiting Artist Kim Reid Kuhn to the studio for some hot printing of a wild woodcut in a week-long residency! Kim has a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and exhibits regionally, and is poised for national exposure. She is one of the co-owners of the Sweatshop Gallery, an unconventional art space and music venue in Omaha’s thriving Benson neighborhood. Watch for a Publishing Party coming in the fall to unveil this amazing print!
Sanaz is an Iranian artist currently residing in Bozeman, Montana. Her graphic design and art training from the University of Sooreh gives her strong abilities that she uses for new woodcut prints that test fine line details and gives a flowing mosaic-like pattern for an iconic woman/self-portrait. Sanaz is developing her art for graduate school applications and her future education.
Here is a composite view of details from the Blue Heron, as I am on the high scaffold level, finishing the mural last week. Things got into a good working rhythm with afternoon shade and great weather to keep the paint into that plastic state to push and pull the colors for blending and layers….really was fun to make the whole wall activated with energy, color and brush strokes. The best for me was to work on this scale and make details happen up close, realizing that no one will be this close again! See how this all contributes to the overall effect…and was worth it! Thanks again to all who helped me with the mural last fall, and who have been watching the progress this spring!
We had a great First Friday Celebration, and Spencer completed his WallWorks mural that afternoon. His painting is very intense, with interlocking design and illusions in a ‘street art” style. Congratulations and Thank you Spencer!
In the midst of a great group of people for the first Color Woodcut Workshop at Constellation Studios this week, and what phenomenal energy and excitement from everyone! The studio is working out beautifully, and so are the prints…..how exciting to have new color layers bring about big changes. I enjoy the conceptualizing and problem-solving with everyone….and these folks are fully engaged so we are all learning and artistically growing. Artists are here from the east coast, the middle regions, the Rockies, and from around here! Thanks everyone for joining in this experience, and for the next couple of days of printing woodcuts.