Evolution of a linocut

I was approached a little over a month ago by a teacher who runs an a regional cultural arts program for developmentally disabled teenagers in rural Appalachia.  The teens wanted to make art projects using a Damask pattern they found but they don’t have the manual dexterity or muscle control to carve the blocks themselves and their teacher tried herself unsuccessfully several times before contacting me.

She sent me an image that the students wanted to use in various ways and I told her I would recreate a very similar version for them but of course it wouldn’t be identical.  She said they had a very limited budget but being very close to my heart I told her I would be more than happy to send them a block free of charge for the students to have fun with.  Here is the image and what I carved for them.   It’s a bit cruder and more hastily carved than I would do for my own art but that was done on purpose since the students will be printing this block over and over.  

 

After carving the block for the students I decided this was a fun design to work with but it needed to be more “LESLIE” so taking inspiration from the original Damask design I redrew it with the biggest change being an elk skull instead of a deer silhouette and of course my birds couldn’t just be sitting doing nothing on the antlers!  Of course the whole thing took on my take as well.  So now I hope the students in Appalachia are having fun with their linocut block and I’m having fun with mine!

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2 Responses to “Evolution of a linocut”

  1. What a great thing you’ve done for the teens. And I love how you made the design your own.

  2. A beautiful outreach to the disabled 🙂 I’m only marginally familiar with this art form and recently saw something similar at another blog. Fascinating.

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