Harmony & Contrast featured in The Art Blog


The Art Blog has a few great photos and some nice words to share about the Harmony & Contrast exhibition. Below are some additional photos.

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Exhibtion Announcement: Harmony & Contrast at Highwire Gallery

I’ve been invited to participate in an exciting works on paper (and of paper) exhibition at the Highwire Gallery this November! Participants hail from as close to home as Philadelphia and from as far as Korea!




I’ll be showing some of my paper mache characters, Hansel & Gretel and The Big Bad Wolf along with some handmade paper pieces.

Handmade paper with lino-cut printed inclusion

Handmade paper with lino-cut printed inclusion


These handmade paper pieces were created from the proofs of jumbled fairy tale broadsides, and continue the mixing of stories.

Some of the pieces of text and illustrations were left whole during the paper making process. These pieces were then mixed up and used as inclusions in the new sheets of paper. In some cases, I allowed the inclusions to mix together in the vat of pulp. In other instances, I randomly pulled pieces of text and image and helped situate them in the sheet formation. Displayed on a wall, they will create yet another new narrative of mixed up fairy tale characters and scenarios.

Mama Bear: “Not by the hair of my chin-y, chin, chin!”

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, November 2, 5-9 pm with a special guest speaker, Professor Michael Moore of PAFA.

Exhibition Dates: November 2 – December 2, 2012.
Highwire Gallery
2040 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125

Gallery Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12-4pm & by appointment

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Philly Zine Fest, Saturday Oct. 27 with Palilogy Press

This Saturday I will accompany the Scott Ziegler of Palilogy Press at the Philly Zine Fest! Where you ask? Oh, the Rotunda! 4014 Walnut St. Noon – 5pm. It’s the Zine Fest’s 10th Anniversary, you know!

With any luck, there will be a new collaborative publication available featuring the work of Scotty Useless and Caroline Landmine (where the heck do we find these contributors?!)

Here’s a sneak peek, too! Don’t let the publisher know I leaked this!

A page from the upcoming Zine!


Bring your dollars and your zines for trading! We’ll definitely take your dollars, probably your zines, too.

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Printeresting Article

A lovely article was written for Printeresting about the Printivale! Exhbition by artist Melissa Jacobson.

At the panel last month, Amanda Benton, Amanda D’Amico, Erin Sweeney and I set up a small sign maker letterpress with the text “That’s a GREAT idea!” in wood type and showed the panel audience how to print. In the generous spirit of printmaking, participants were welcome to print as many as they wanted so that they could hand them out to others when a great idea was had!

You can read the article and check out photos from the gallery talk here: http://www.printeresting.org/2012/10/15/printing-at-printivale/

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Printivale Exhibition and Panel Discussion

This Saturday, September 22nd, I will be discussing my work and the printmaking techniques I use along with Amanda Benton and Amanda D’Amico. You can find us at the Sharon Arts Center, 30 Grove Street in Peterborough, New Hampshire! We’ll be there from 1-3, and we will also be giving a letterpress demonstration!

If you can’t make it to the event, no worries, you can still catch the show until October 27th!

Paper mache character sitting with the book he stars in!

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Book Arts & Photography class for Teens at the Arts Council of Princeton

I’m offering a week long (4-day) workshop for Teens this summer at the Arts Council of Princeton. You can click here to sign up for this class and see what other camps are available at the Art Council’s class offering page. We’ll use Edward Lear as our inspiration and make playful and nonsensical poems as well as different book structures to house them!


B&W Photography (AM Session)
This session in black and white photography (using a 35mm camera) includes discussions and demonstrations and will focus on camera basics, composition, and darkroom techniques. At the end of the week, students will have a preliminary understanding of black and white photography and will have created black and white prints to add to their portfolio. Students should bring a 35mm camera with film (a limited number of ACP cameras can be made available on an as-needed basis).
Book Arts (PM Session)
Discover another facet of “literary arts”! Make books inspired by nonsense to celebrate the 200th birthday of Edward Lear, an English artist, poet, and illustrator! Books will be made in all kinds of interesting shapes and sizes, with pop-out pages and more. Campers will explore how stories and images relate. Sequencing and development will be discussed. ┬áBring it all together in learning different ways to bind books.


Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

Ages: 13-16

Dates: Monday – Friday, 9:00am-3:30pm
Jul 2 – Jul 6
– No class Jul 4
$290/$270 Member
Instructor: Pete Cook, Caroline Ziegler

Limit:16 students

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New Finger Puppet Kit to debut at Greensgrow Farm Spring Craft Bazaar!


Papa Bear
Mama Bear
Baby Bear
and Goldy Locks!

I’m excited to announce this new embroidery finger puppet kit! I will have them for sale at Greensgrow Farm this Saturday, May 5, from 9-5. The address is 2501 E. Cumberland Street, Philadelphia, PA. There are over 30 vendors participating, and of course, Greensgrow’s wonderful farm stand will be open as well. If you’re grocery shopping or checking out the great crafts, please come by and say hello!


Goldy Locks Embroidery Finger Puppet Kit

I’ll also have my merfolk double finger puppets, too! Here’s the latest fellow:

Meet Merman Charles!










If you can’t make it to Greensgrow’s Craft Bazaar, I’ll also be at Clark Park for May Fest and back to Fishtown for the Trenton Avenue Arts Fest! More on that soon.

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Relief Printing Class at BYO Printshop

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of teaching an intimate intro to relief class for two at BYO Printshop. We had a splendid sunny day in the neighborhood and visited Leotah’s Place for coffee and then later on had lunch at the Soup Kitchen Cafe.

We printed on our newest press, Charlie, a Charles Brand etching press. One student pulled her first print ever, a single color block print of a handsome egret. The other student had some previous experience and wanted to learn color printing and was inspired by landscapes, so we worked on a multiple block print (3 blocks) and focused on texture. We had enough time to carve and print 2 of 3 layers, and he intended to print the 3rd at home.

BYO Printshop has many talented members who are willing to teach their skills. If you’re interested in more information on printing with us or learning how to print, please contact us!

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Printmaking classes at PCNJ this Spring

This is just a reminder about the relief printmaking and letterpress classes I’m teaching this spring at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. I hope you can join me! You can now register online and pay through paypal on PCNJ’s registration page. Photos below are from other projects and classes.

Friday, March 9, 10am-4pm
Introduction to Linoleum Relief Printmaking

M: $ 90, NM: $105. Materials Fee: $20
Relief printing is the oldest and simplest method of printmaking. This 1-day workshop will explore basic carving and inking techniques using linoleum. Students will learn how to transfer an image to a block and carve the image. Then we will set up the etching press to print as well as practice how to print by hand with a baren or wooden spoon. We will also discuss how to edition a print, and will explore simple relief monotype techniques to add color to prints. A limited supply of tools is available. Participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Two Fridays: March 16 AND March 23, 10:30am-3:30pm
The Wood Type Poster

M: $90, NM: $105. Materials Fee: $25
Posters typically use both text and image and are attention-grabbing and informative. Students will learn how to set up the letterpress to create an individual poster using wood type and linoleum illustrations. We will explore the basics such as ink-mixing, how to use press furniture, printing, and clean up. We will decide on a theme and print enough posters to exchange prints with each other and still have some to take home.


Friday, March 30, 11am-4pm
The Layered Letterpress Print: A Jumbled Collaborative Project

M: $90, NM: $105. Materials Fee: $40
Using wood type, ornaments, and pre-carved linoleum-cuts, we will work to create a collaborative jumbled print. We will experiment with pressure printing, a collage-like technique that offers atmosphere to a print on different types of paper. We will also explore other printmaking tricks such as ink transparency and rotations. All levels welcome.

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New date for letterpress demonstration: February 25th

Everything except the date is the same as before.

Saturday, February 25th at PCNJ, 10 am – 4 pm
An opportunity for students to be introduced to many of the techniques the Vandercook letterpress offers. An Edward Lear poster will demonstrate elements and techniques such as: Wood & Lead Type, Lino-cut, Pressure Printing, Rainbow Roll, and probably a few other tricks, too. Attendees will leave with one of the prints created!

You can use this Registration Form to reserve your place. $40 registration fee. You can also register by phone: 908-725-2110.

Lino-cut in progress

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