Aesop's Fables, Relief prints, assorted paper & thread. 88x61 cm
Bedtime Stories employs dreamlike landscapes created using an automatic doodling technique first drawn with brush and ink. The more interesting abstract but identifiable images are then transferred onto birch woodblocks and what is carved away remains the white of the paper when printed. Just like using a rubber stamp, the remaining plywood surface is covered with ink and transferred with pressure onto paper. The relief process, whether using wood, rubber or linoleum, is one of the most direct methods of printmaking, but that does not mean it is without sophistication. Several blocks of the identical image can be “colour coded”, carved and printed on the same sheet of paper to create a marvel of hues and detail. As a printmaker what captivates my interest in quilt making is the playfulness of the repeatable image as well as taking something mass produced and creating a unique item.