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|Embossed Daisy Card|
I've been told by other printmakers that few artists do embossing. I have no idea why. For me, it's the easiest method of printmaking that I've ever done! Well, I've Googled it, and it appears to be true. I've found some wonderful work in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, using Northwest Native American and Canadian imagery. Alaskan artist Arnie Weimer combines finely detailed etchings with embossing to create some really beautiful work, but I don't know exactly how he produces his embossings.
|Embossed Snowflake card|
This lesson plan by Ken Schwab, formerly of Leigh High School in San Jose, California, is for high school students to make embossed prints using layers of mat board. Wonderful images on the website - check them out. I've never used mat board for anything but collographs, so this is intriguing.
The idea of having paid time to explore printmaking - and specifically embossing - on a bigger scale than I've been able to so far is really enticing. I've been thinking about doing that for a few years, but just haven't had the luxury of time to do it. A $7000 unrestricted fellowship would certainly take care of that obstacle, at least for a few months. It would give me more freedom to structure my time the way I want to, to make art a bigger part of my life than it is now.
|Embossed Celtic Knots card|
Plus, chances are there won't be a lot of other artists doing the same thing. I haven't got all the details figured out yet, but I'm really interested in moving beyond embossing greeting cards and more into larger embossed prints. I have some ideas that I've been playing with, but haven't given them serious thinking time. This would be a great opportunity to do that.
I've been printing for almost 15 years, and I firmly believe that learning the techniques is only the beginning - practice is essential. Still, I sometimes feel like a poor cousin to "real" artists who have BFA's and MFA's, those who are working artists. I know, it's about ability and talent, not what degree you have, but that doesn't stop the doubts from creeping in every now and then.
|Embossed Rose card|