Session I: Sarah Bryant

Complicating the Surface: Spontaneity and Precision   June 4-8


Participants in this course will experiment with generating complex
imagery through the intersection of printing processes. We will begin
by carving linoleum blocks and creating relief surfaces with other
materials. We will ink them up and pull proofs, then create partnered
pressure plates that deliberately respond to those relief surfaces. The
combination of the painterly, spontaneous imagery that results from
pressure printing and the binary inked surface of a relief block can be
striking and powerful. Incorporating intersecting processes into image
making can unlock potential for giving voice to content and broaden
the vocabulary of print. After several days of printing, we will further
complicate our results by cutting down our prints and creating artist
books that play with the juxtaposition and sequencing of our imagery.

Sarah Bryant produces letterpress-printed artist books under the imprint
Big Jump Press, which she founded in 2006. Her work can be found in dozens
of libraries and private collections in the United States and abroad, including
The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, The Darling
Bio-medical Library at UCLA, and The Yale Arts Library. Bryant currently
teaches letterpress printing and bookbinding courses at the University of
Alabama the MFA in the Book Arts Program.



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