02 November 2009

Carving Patterns

CarvingPatterns

Been slowly working on three more blocks for the "Vast Unpeopled Lands" print. The patterning shown here is the most complex carving; the other two blocks are pretty simple. I'm going to try to get most of the nuance from the printing rather than the carving. These blocks are so big, though, that even simple carving takes some time, especially clearing. Hopefully I'll be back to printing later this week.

8 comments:

starkeyart said...

Looks very cool, looking forward to seeing the progress.

Don't you find, though, that sometimes there is just something about the carving that is a mental break? The printing takes so much concentration, I think I'm starting to feel that the carving is almost relaxing, although it can reach the point of being monotonous.

Anita Thomhave Simonsen said...

it looks so interesting...

Magic Cochin said...

Carving blocks is my fave bit of the process by far - do you invent a systems for doing the patterns and clearing? I do - time just disappears and I'm in a place beyond time (so it seems!!!) I find music is too intrusive - seems to use the same bit of brain as the carving (?) so I like to listen to Radio 4 - a mix of plays, documentaries, comedy. When I look back at the blocks I can sometimes here the programmes again!!!!

Crikey that sounds mad doesn't it. But that's how it is!

That block looks terrific - it's going to be heartstopping stuff printing from it!

Glad you had a super time in NY
Celia

Pistoles Press said...

Oooooooh, yummy texture! Reminds me of islamic wall tiling!

Ellen Longo said...

Beautiful carving! How big is the piece we see in the photo?

Katka said...

Very hypnotic pattern, this. I would imagine carving it would become a meditation.

Annie B said...

Hi Ellen, the board is 20 x 30 inches, so the pattern in the photo is probably about 15 or 20 inches long.

Marissa L. Swinghammer said...

I know this feeling well that comes from doing patterns like this.

It is already gorgeous! I can't wait to see it put to use.