The Reader Series
Intermittently from Summer 2017 and intentionally starting in Fall 2019, Creative Director Brianna Tosswill has been making prints featuring readers. As any burgeoning draftsperson knows, a person reading is the most convenient human subject matter after self-portraiture. Consider the exchange "Can I draw you?" "Sure... Do you mind if I read, though?"
The first couple of readers are the dual portraits of Joy from Joyce Jodie Kim's Caterpillar Portraits. They are the first and last illustrations. Each has two layers of linocut reduction.
The second reader "Pages Too Bright" came from a Mokuhanga Woodblock Printing weekend class.
You can see the colour separations below, one carved on either side of the birch plywood substrate. That is not a trick you can do with linocut!
The second reader has no title and was among our holiday ornament offering in 2019. It's a linocut measuring about 4.5" wide.
The third reader was also a holiday treat, this time a card for 2019. On the inside it reads "Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to use once more." It's a linocut measuring 4.5 x 6.5"
The fifth reader "Reading Nook" was a slightly more ambitious linocut project undertaken as a studio warm-up when Brianna started as Emerging Artist in Residence at SNAP Printshop in the Fall of 2019. She's a linocut reduction with five or six layers, measuring 12 x 12"
Have a peek at the process:
The sixth reader "Transported" followed within a month of the previous one. There are at least six layers in this reduction linocut and it measures 5.5 x 7
You can see some of the stages here:
This print prompted Brianna to reminisce about old projects.
"I actually still like the graphic quality of the 2014 print but it's nice to have the 2019 technique in my toolbox." -B
Penrose Press is seeking photo references for Brianna to continue The Reader Series. Snap a photo of yourself or a friend with a book (with consent) at send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do especially send us racial, gender, and body diversity! Thank you <3
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