Spring is a tumultuous season. Exhilaration flows from the sun filled sky and the verdant mountain landscape. Warm morning breezes sing with promises of long summer days, and then the afternoon thunderstorms rush in to temper your enthusiasm.
A season of remarkable growth with a complex essential order, spring can all too easily feel unpredictable, chaotic, and even violent. Maintaining a proper perspective is difficult. Attempting to sustain an appreciation for the larger framework becomes an hourly challenge.
As a member of Team Necessary, a tempestuous spring is also an annual occurrence in the work schedules of our day jobs. (Yes, like most artists, I have a day job.) For us, spring is a long and exhausting journey to be endured as much as enjoyed. So, after finally acknowledging that we needed to try and reclaim a more sustainable life/work/play balance, the pace of renovation work has slowed dramatically at Grey Gardens.
Given our hectic spring schedule, I am super excited that we found some time yesterday to build and install a couple of new studio shelves. After almost a year, I no longer have to shift through a stack of banker boxes to browse the books in my print library! And yes, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that it look this long. Oh well, this project just did not make it to the top of the list until now.
The shelves are simple 3/4" plywood with a wood veneer edge banding and a few metal brackets. They fit nicely in the previously empty space above the print dryer without hampering its function in any way. More on the print dryer another time, but for now, just know that I am still slowly working on that write up.
A very basic solution in studio design, this is the first of many wall mounted "stations" I have planned for this tiny print shop. For me, it is that reward of progress, of taking a step, and the accompanying promise of soon achieving my goal that makes this project so exciting.
Small steps in a small studio. I am moving forward and that is all that matters, especially in the the spring.
What books are in your print library? Share your favorite titles and authors in the comment section below!
Listed below are the books currently in my library. The library also includes the notes, handouts, and course-packs I accumulated throughout my student days. Many of the books were gifted by generous donors or found at swap meets, flea markets, and book sales for bargain basement prices. Always be sure look for print books in unexpected places!
Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively, Crown Point Press, Kathan Brown
Magical Secrets about Line Etching & Engraving, Crown Point Press, Catherine Brooks
Magical Secrets about Aquatint, Crown Point Press, Emily York
Magical Secrets about Chine Colle, Crown Point Press, Brian Shure
Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood, Crown Point Press, Kathan Brown
Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking, Keith Howard
Safe Photo Etching for Photographers and Artists, Keith Howard
Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking, Robert Adam and Carol Robertson
The Complete Manual of Relief Printmaking, Rosemary Simmons and Katie Clemson
Moku Hanga Primer, Robert McClain
Japanese Woodblock Printing, Rebecca Salter
Monotype, Julia Ayres
The Complete Printmaker, John Ross and Clare Romano
The Complete Printmaker Revised & Expanded, John Ross, Clare Romano, and Tim Ross
Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick
Printmaking: History and Process, Donald Saff and Deli Sacilotto
Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective, Paul Coldwell
Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking Techniques, Sarah Riley
Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques, Christine Schmidt
Printmaking: A Beginning Handbook, William C. Maxwell
Printmaking, Gabor Peterdi
Printmaking Today, Jules Heller
Great Prints and Printmakers, Harry Abrams
Japanese Prints, Gabriele Fahr-Becker
The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, Edited by Dr. Willi Kurth
Artist's Proof Volume IX, Published by Pratt Graphics Center in association with Barre Publishers
Print Art, A Whitman CREATIVE Art Book
The Print in the Western World, Linda Hults
Thinking Print, The Museum of Modern Art, Deborah Wye
Pirnts and The Print Market, Theodore Donson
Handbook of Early Advertising Art Mainly from American Sources, Clarence P. Hornung
Tamarind Techniques for Fine Art Lithography, Marjorie Devon with Bill Lagattuta and Rodney Hamon
The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art & Techniques, Garo Antreasian and Clinton Adams
The Technique of Fine Art Lithography, Michael Knigin and Murray Zimiles
The New Lithography, Mel Hunter
The Complete Screenprint and Lithograph, John Ross and Clare Romano
The Complete Guide to Screen Printing, Brad Faine
The Artists Silkscreen Manual, Andrew B. Gardner
Screenprinting: Water-Based Techniques, Roni Henning
Screenprinting: The Complete Water-Based System, Robert Adams and Carol Robertson
Print Liberation, Nick Paparone and Jamie Dillon with Luren Jenison
Screen Process Printing, Robert A. Banzhaf
Silk Screen Techniques, J.I. Biegeleisen and Max Arthur Cohn
Silk-Screen Printing, Brian Elliot
Photographic Printmaking Techniques, Deli Sacilotto
The Encyclopedia of Airbrush Techniques, Michael Leek
Studio Tips for Artists and Graphic Designers, Bill Gray
Letterpress Now, Jessica C. White
Letterpress Printing: A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers, Paul Maravelas
A 21st-century guide to the Letterpress Business, Marty Brown
Creative Handmade Paper: How to make paper from recyled and natural materials, David Watson
Papermaking: The History and Technique Of An Ancient Craft, Dard Hunter
The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst
How to Make Books, Purgatory Pie Press, Esther K. Smith