Friday, 23 August 2013

lena corwin

One of the most inspirational and useful books I've read about handmade printmaking is "Printing by Hand" by Lena Corwin.

It's got very clear instructions and photos of stamping, stencilling and screen printing - all of which you can do without specialist equipment, following her instructions.  And lovely projects to demonstrate their use.

The book is from the US, so some of the materials are not as commonly found here in the UK - acrylic mounts to stick cut-out pieces of foam on to make a printing stamp, for example.  But it's still a really useful guide, and I have got people to mount cut-out foam on cardboard and brush on pva glue to make it more waterproof in some classes I've taught.

I just looked at her website again recently, and was excited to see that she will have a new book out in October called "Made by Hand" which promises "A collection of Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye, Knit or Otherwise Create."  - That sounds great, I love trying out new projects and frequently do, as I teach community arts and crafts classes - not just about printmaking, but using various crafts, so I'm often looking for new ideas for my classes.

Anyway - I recommend her printmaking book to anyone starting out or developing their print projects at home.

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