Today’s DT – Book Review Relief Printmaking By Ann Westley, Watson Guptil, 2001, 111 pages + related material
I recommend this book which covers every aspect of relief printmaking and some of its extensions.
It packs a lot of thinking and examples between the covers, including that of many artists, from active cutting-edge to traditional Japanese practitioners, such as the author herself.
It has technical information directed at printmakers, but any artist will find the complex, colourful images worth their consideration.
It does not stop there, as it has examples and descriptions of combined techniques and innovative approaches, such as a section on artist-printed books and one about innovative print-based work such as huge prints or installations.
Apart from the text and illustrations, it has an index, lists of suppliers, studios, workshops and societies in UK, N. America, Australia.
I found several artists in this book whom I am planning to look into further and perhaps you will too. One example is Julian Meredith who made a few life-sized gigantic prints of whales, has also done colossal ( 450 feet long ) earth-works on themes concerning marine animals.
Today’s Artist:Robin Cole Smith
Quoted from her artist statement: “These works represent an exploration of an inner wilderness by way of an outer one; they hinge on my belief that the natural world is not only an inherent part of us as human beings (and we of it), but that it is the original, exquisitely sensitive mirror in which we find our own inner terrain and wildness reflected. My work has always been an act of reverence for the natural world. “
Today’s Site: Museum of the Romanian Peasant
This from Wikipedia: ” The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant … One of Europe’s leading museums of popular arts and traditions, it was designated “European Museum of the Year” for 1996.”
Google Art Project shows 150 intriguing object images of masks, pottery, rugs, and jewelry among others. Not a lot, but much of real beauty. I found it hard to track down other good internet information. IMHO The museum’s official site is horrible, telling little, showing less. The museum gets good ratings on Trip Advisor, but has a policy of charging outlandish amounts to take pictures, so there are not a lot out there. Flickr has a few, but nothing really worth it.