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December 31, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

As the Year Comes to a Close

'Halo'  2010

This was a successful year.

I don’t mean to brag, but it was.

I got an internship at Pyramid Atlantic where I learned a ton and made some nice prints and nice friends.

I got funding for an internship at Pyramid Atlantic.

I was in three shows.

At the third show ‘No Shoes On’ won a prize and was sold (the prizes weren’t ranked).

Then the last copy of ‘No Shoes On’ was sold just last week as well as a proof of ‘Halo.’

Here’s to 2010! Here’s to 2011!

December 26, 2010 / allcoveredinvines


The universe seems to be saying, “Maxine, go forth and block print.”

That is the only think I can conclude from these facts: I found my birdcage stamp after it being lost for many months, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum hosted a free block printing class, my aunt Jackie asked for a birdcage shirt for Christmas, and my sister gave me her block printing tools for Christmas, including relief printing ink (the lack of which has prevented me from completing a project from this summer).

Tomorrow I will rummage through the house, find a sheet of plastic to warm the ink on and blockprint. Mark my words with sharpie.

July 31, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

You Will Find Me At Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot

My fellow interns and myself organized an exhibition of our work at Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot. The exhibition will be from July 30th until August 5th.* The reception will be Tuesday, August 3rd from 7PM to 9PM. Please feel free to come, bring friends and tell friends.

Images of the exhibit and the reception will be posted soon.

*Miss Pixie’s is open from noon until 7PM, and is closed on Mondays. Click here for directions.

July 27, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

Stamp of Approval

I assisted Sabeth Jackson in her class “Block Printing on Fabric” at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center last weekend. It was a great deal of fun and I’m really excited about the possibilities of this method of printmaking. You cut into a block of Speedball Speedy-Cut to create a stamp which applies the ink to the fabric. The texture of the print on the fabric is really good, it absorbs into the fabric like a dye.  Here’s my print, the pink thing on the left is the stamp I used to create the other prints.

July 26, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

No Shoes On

No Shoes On by Maxine Worthy

“No Shoes On” is a varied edition. The basic idea behind edition variation, as I understand it, is that the image is essentially the same, but because of the way it’s made, the artist cannot claim that each print is identical with another. (The goal with a traditional edition is that each print is as similar as possible to the other prints in the edition.)

With “No Shoes On” I added a lot of transparent base to the ink, which caused the ink to dry quickly and prevented it from penetrating some areas of the screen. I also continued putting down layers of ink until I liked the tone, so the colors in each print differ from the others. The variation in color is much too dramatic to try to call it a “straight” edition, in my mind.

I’m happy with how these three turned out. I started with seven, and only three turned out. The high mortality rate is one reason why I’m selling them for a bit more than my other pieces ($145).

July 23, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

A Few Thoughts on Process

A silkscreen starts out with a drawing.

Then you divide the drawing up into layers to create a stencil for each layer of color.

Second Layer

Third Layer

I do this by drawing on frosted mylar with china marker. China markers leave interesting, very individualized lines, and when you do a large area, there will inevitably be little areas where the china marker just will not mark on. One danger with silkscreening is of ending up with an image that is too flat, or too cold and computerized. These little areas of white prevent both of these things which is why I used china marker. (I also use ink drawings to create stencils for silkscreens for the same reason.) The process of dividing up the layers and seeing how different parts of the drawing interact is one of the reasons I like silkscreen. It has that same “ta-da!” effect as seeing the insides of electronics. All the little pieces working together and you would never know it if you just looked at it.

The rest is pretty straight forward, to learn more about the technical aspects of doing silkscreen check this page out.

Once the image is on the screen it is called a stencil and you pull ink through it to create the final silkscreening. The process of getting the layers to line up the right way is called registration. I have a tendency to create images that require a lot of time fiddling to get them registered correctly. Here’s a secret, I really like the fiddling and the pride that comes from getting things placed just right.

I’ll post pictures of the finished print soon.

July 19, 2010 / allcoveredinvines

Portrait of a Closet

by Maxine Worthy

Clean Closet by Maxine Worthy

This piece was inspired by reading Blink by Malcom Gladwell. He talks about a study where researchers had college students take a personality test. Friends of each participant filled out a form saying what they thought about the participant. Then the researchers had people who didn’t know the participants come into the participant’s rooms while they were gone. After being in their room for 15 minutes they filled out a personality test saying what their impressions about the room’s owner was. The strangers’ impressions were more accurate than the participants’ friends. People who had only seen the participants possessions was able to give a clearer picture than the people who had spent time with the person. This shocks me.

Gretchen Schermerhorn and Megan Mueller, the intern coordinators Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, wanted us to experience having a solo show. Because there wasn’t a traditional exhibition space available in Pyramid, they decided that the next best thing would be the bathroom. Thus Stallspace was born (though it us a while to name it). The idea behind my show in Stallspace was to create a character, but not show a specific image of her, except through her things. I wanted to test how much could be gleaned about a person just by looking at her possessions.

The show as a whole was not very successful. I don’t think I communicated the concept very well (the spaces in the other pieces were too clean to be believable) and the other images in the show were not as strong as this one, but I learned a lot by doing it. I still like the idea behind it, so I might base another series around it.

You can see what the other interns did by clicking here.