Wednesday, July 27, 2011

If at first you don't succeed, try try again

Artist Anne Dykers has been working with us for a while on an artist book. The concept was solid, the papermaking-hand beaten gampi, formed in long horizontal sheets-went off without a hitch, and then she was ready to print her text. Oh boy....
She tried a couple of different methods of printing text, but ran into some problems. You see, because gampi paper contains long texturous fibers, printing can be tricky. It can cause uneven printing if you screenprint on it, or damage type if you letterpress print on it.
So Anne looked to our digital associate, Franc Rosario, who helped her inkjet print the text on her paper. It worked like a charm! Those crafty two even made a template, so the text would print exactly where Anne wanted it.look how clear and crisp the printing turned out!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cartooning Class

Clay Harris, current Pyramid Atlantic Art Gym member, will be teaching a class on the fundamentals of comic arts starting October first at Pyramid Atlantic. He will be focusing on the "Six Disciplines of Comic-Book Creation" : writing, penciling, inking, coloring, lettering, and editing. Classes will be every Saturday, starting October 1, from 3-4:30.
To learn more about enrolling visit Clay's Website

Monday, July 25, 2011

Greetings from Paradise

Event: Opening reception of Annie Albagli's exhibition
Date: July 29th
Time: 6-9pm
Location: Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Avenue
NW DC 20001

Annie Albagli, Pyramid Atlantic's teaching Artist-in-Residence, is having a solo exhibition at Pleasant Plains Workshop opening this Friday. Anyone who has been to Pyramid in the past few weeks has seen Annie's works in progress-big beautiful multi-layered unique silkscreen prints-in which Albagli has pulled imagery from nature and symbolism.
"With Greetings From Paradise, Albagli explores ideas of personal 'paradise' with a site-specific window installation and an array of large and small-scale screen prints. Viewers will also be invited to contribute to the series by participating in interviews on what 'paradise' is to them." ( Source: Pleasant Plains' blog)
If you miss the opening, Greeting from Paradise will also be displayed through August 27.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

All About Annie

Wonder what's with those trees growing in the studio? Annie Albagli tells all on the Screenprint Society blog.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keepsake a makin'

Today our interns started working on the keepsake gift that will go in the next annual appeal letter. I know they are cooking up something great, so look for yours in the mail in November!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Baltimore Babes

Pyramid printmakers — Moira McCauley, Sarah Hanks (above), Julia Louie, Melanie Karlins, Amelia Smith and Steve Cole — braved the crowds, the heat and the commitment to sell their wares at Artscape. Baltimore's big street festival is, indeed, BIG. Moira reports sales have been brisk, and no wonder. The booth and the work are wonderful, and who wouldn't buy a clever card from these charmers? The festival continues today from noon until 8PM. 

Sarah's screenprints in birch branches.

Beautiful weather, beautiful city. Artscape 2011.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Paper artist feaured at Smithsonian Folk life festival

Colombian artist, Hernando Ruiz, was featured in this years folk life festival. Hernando was inspired by the environmental degradation he witnessed in the wetlands of Bogato, the capital of Colombia. He felt it was his duty as an artist to do something to address these problems. He founded an artistic laboratory, "Reciclarte" to investigate the artistic potential of these collected materials.
Hernando's work includes costumes, puppets handmade paper, and hand-bound books. The summer interns are depicted above visiting Hernando's stand at the folk life festival.

Suarez, Rafael. "Ante el Agotamiento de los Rescursos Naturales." Cuidadviva. June 2011: pg.4. Print.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Young Hands on Deck

Joanna Axtmann's teen summer art camp learned to screenprint in our studio. Check out their process and 2-color prints!

Diana Pedraza visits studio

Diana Pedraza, a Colombian printmaker, visits Pyramid Atlantic while passing through DC. Diana specializes in integrating pieces of her environment into her collagraph prints. While spending the day at Pyramid, Diana used scraps from around the studio to create a collagraph print.