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basic stencil printing process

For much of my adult art-life, I've used the silkscreen process to make my work.  Silkscreen, also called screenprinting, is a printmaking technique in which a porous, fine mesh is stretched taut over a frame. A stencil is then adhered to the mesh before laying the frame over the surface to be printed. The print is made when a squeegee presses paint through the stencil openings onto the surface below.

The set-up required for screenprinting became unwieldy for my workspace. I began to  think about other ways of making the imagery I was interested in, and began a practice of exploring katazome. Used for centuries, katazome is a Japanese method of stencil-dyeing that employs elements of both printmaking (stencil) and painting (brush). It could be considered an antecedent of present-day screenprinting.

The process of integrating katazome fundamentals with my own intentions evolved into making paintings that use a combination of brush and stencil. The aesthetic qualities I aim for are derived from aspects of both screenprinting and katazome. I draw on the everyday and the natural world for much of what I make. The images I paint are invented narratives. They begin in the familiar and commonplace but are reshaped with color and pattern, much like ordinary moments that are unexpectedly reframed when overtaken by the workings of memory.

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