This is a little print (3X3) for my participation in the Littlest Print Exchange (http://littlestprintexchange.blogspot.com/).

I recently joined my first print exchange, where folks make a bunch of prints and mail them to a coordinator and the coordinator mails out a bunch of prints to each individual.  The exchange I joined is called “Prints for Peace”. I enjoyed making the print and I’m really excited to see what I get back.

The exchange benefits Grabados por la Paz México and there will be a gallery showing of the participants’ prints in June.

Here is the description I sent along with the prints:

The print, “And Then The Doves Came” depicts a tractor in a half torn down community being overrun with doves. The doves are overwhelming, popping out from the grey/pink landscape.  They are just arriving in flight to address the situation and there are more on the way.  The image was inspired by the story of Rachel Corrie, a peace activist killed in 2003 while helping to protect a home from a bulldozer in Gaza.  The piece symbolizes the artists’ hope for the peace movement.

Here are some other relevant pictures of the print in process:

                 

This is the only print I’ve made from a photo.  I’m not really sure why it worked here because I don’t know how to make two color images from photos generally.

I had made it just for fun but when my partner and I decided to have a commitment ceremony, we used the image as for our thak you cards:

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

These prints were made for decoration at a 50s party I threw.  They’ve made great greeting cards since then.

My printing career got started when I went to a yard sale and saw some lino prints that the artist/mover was selling.  My friend Ania bought a couple of pieces (Ania, by the way, is the photographer of everything you see on the blog and is great) and I bought a set of tools, a brayer and a presser for six bucks.  I was on my way…

This was my very first print:

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