This weekend, with my studio mates from Lowell Fiber Studio, I took an all-day class in gelatin plate printing with Linda Germain in Haverhill, MA.
|Label on a storage box|
Linda teaches by example, then lets you loose with a host of tools and toys, including gelatin plates old and new, stencils, found objects, and a variety of papers.
|Tools, gelatin, plates and progress|
How can you not be inspired when surrounded by drill presses, sewing machines, even a small in-progress airplane? The studio easily holds more treasures than the eye can take in. I wish I could learn how to use this. Or even just sit and draw it.
After Linda's initial demo, each of us sank into the process.
We left with arm-loads of printed paper and fabric and minds full of ideas.
I spent the evening yesterday working back into less successful pieces, and experimenting with watercolor on gelatin plates - a wild variation on the theme.
I recommend Linda Germain's classes wholeheartedly. Fnd current offerings here.
Don't miss her generous library of videos.
Meanwhile, here's a piece that came out of my last class with Linda.
Find it at the Loading Dock Gallery, in the 50 under $50 show, through January 27.