Sunday, July 21, 2013

orange crush

"Orange Crush" Glen Alps

I am tickled pink, (maybe I should say "tickled orange") to show you a new addition to my art making collection of equipment and assorted creative stuff.

I am now the proud owner of a Glen Alps Press! Glen Alps was a artist, printmaker, teacher, developer of  the "collagraph" process in printmaking, and creator of about 30 presses. You can read more about Glen Alps here and here.

My press was stored in a trailer for the last year and has a lot of rust on its unpainted steel parts. Prior to that, it was used (and I suspect, abused) at a community college for many years. No matter. It is a tough machine, built for abuse and heavy and frequent use. Once we get it all cleaned up, it will be my work buddy for the printmaking I want to do! (Here's what it will look like when it's restored to its working order condition.)

Monotype attracted me years ago and I have taken several workshops and classes to learn more about the form. I loved those experiences, but felt like I could do more and learn more with a press of my own. In the privacy of my own space, I can try big and fail big and stretch and grow in my own ways. That day will come soon!

When I look at my old monotypes, I understand why I have remained excited about it.

monotype with Chine colle

The former owner told me that this press was nicknamed "Orange Crush." I like that!!

takes a forklift to move it!

REM "Orange Crush."


Roxanne Clingman said...

Good thing you happened to have a forklift handy!

Kitty Wallis said...

Congratulations on many levels. Great move.

SamArtDog said...

Laughing hard at Roxanne's comment.
Hang some plates on that thing and drive it to town.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Roxanne: easy enough to borrow what you don't have! At least in my neighborhood!!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Kitty: thanks! I'm excited about new things ahead.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Sam: oh, how you make me laugh!!

Jan Heigh said...

What great fun you will have with the new press! Can't wait to see what you do with it!