It’s exciting to work with an artist who experiments with materials and methods to achieve new and unique images through the printmaking process. In our Cochineal Collaboration, Louise Eastman wanted to use the cochineal dye in the etching press. We made a matrix out of wool felt that could be soaked in the watery dye solution and then passed through the press. For her upcoming exhibit Louise expanded on this technique to print on a wool felt panel. Editioned in the Russell Janis studio, the artist was able to achieve thirty-six shades of color in one print. The pigments saturated the soft wool felt, so when folded and placed in a portfolio box, the image can be seen from both sides.
Titled Light, Weight, the portfolio includes Louise’s felt print and a set of four silk-screened prints on paper by Heather Watkins augmenting their two-person exhibit Reservoir at Planthouse Gallery, 55 West 28th Street, NY NY 10001.
Opening Reception Thursday, May 19th 6-8pm, exhibit up through June 26th. For more information go to Planthouse.net.