Sunday, October 31, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I spent the day in Kentville, NS, with my relief printmaking teacher, Aimee Brown, her boyfriend Chris and my classmate Melissa attending a fun printmaking festival of sorts called Wayzgoose. Gaspereau Press has hosted the event for 11 years, and one of their hand-printed and bound books, The Sentimentalists, is up for the Giller prize this year which is a biiiiig deal, as the award usually goes to major publishing houses.
The special guest this year was Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., who also did a Q&A session with my Visual Culture class, and who happens to be the happiest, funniest man alive (and also only wears overalls and light pink shirts). Amos left his desk job to become a full-time "lowly negro printmaker" at the age of 41. We got to spend the day watching him print, taking turns printing posters on the Vandercook presses, and taking home tons of free print material. They also had a paper cut-off sale, so you basically grab as much paper as you can fit in your hands and it only costs a dollar. I got a stack about 6 inches thick of all sorts of weights and types for 2 dollars! I also came home with 8 posters, and a cardboard print that Amos and I printed together.
It was lovely to see more of Nova Scotia and get to know my teacher and especially Amos. I may be getting the printmaking bug...