Tanuki Prints has Moved Underground~

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My old and cramped printmaking hovel/office

I apologize for a lack of posts lately- we took a 3-week family camping trip to Canada which was wonderful BTW. I also found out that I had become a full professor- yea!

Since then, I’ve been working on moving my printing operation from my university office (see right) to my basement (below) before the semester starts. I had outgrown the aburdly-small office space long ago and I physically found it hard to safely navigate around all of the heaps of stuff- especially the accumulating 90+ woodblocks (soon to be 150+) for my Appalachian Trail Series.

Maybe I delayed the move to make a point to administration that we, as faculty, need some support to create art- something that is a large part of our job description. Anyway, in reality, I think that the only impression that was communicated was “What the hell is this mess”?  or “Why doesn’t this guy simply have a computer and a clean desk like everyone else”?

On the other hand, I did enjoy the occasions when a curious student would stick his or her head in and ask what I was doing. Either way, the situation was completely unsustainable and I’ve given up dealing with these limitations.

Fast forward 3 weeks: This is what my new space looks like! It’s in my basement but I think I’ll be both safer and happier using my own resources- however troglodyte-like it is.

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Printmaking bench, shelves, work table, etc. The rugs really tie the room together.

Here’s another view of the printing desk area. You will notice a foot-high printing platform with a foot well. This was inspired by what I printed on for a month at Mokuhankan- thanks to Lee-san and Dave-san for the idea. I also want to thank my wife, Margaret and son, Robert for helping with both support and muscle.

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Mixed pigments, barens, maru bake, hanga bake, printing desk on platform, sharkskin, etc. More to come!
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Here’s an overview of the printing desk with stool.

In another adjacent room, I have built a pigment/paste mixing brush washing, sharpening area.

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Pigments, containers, and sink. I rather suspect that things will get messy here…

Now, on to the garage for establishing a carving area next! Many trips to the dump in my future. I fully expect these areas to fill up- but until then, I’m lovin’ the space in the meantime!

Waddya think? I think that it’s time to start making prints again…

2 thoughts on “Tanuki Prints has Moved Underground~

  1. Congratulations with your new spacious carving/printing studio AND with your full professorship John! Where did you find these gorgeous wooden chests of drawers?

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