Tiger Lily Press is a non-profit arts organization in Cincinnati, Ohio, founded in 1978. Its mission is to “produce, preserve, and promote the art of printmaking.” Classes are offered in spring & fall; enrollment is small, but classes are open to TLP members at a discount, and members of the public with an interested in art. Studio space provides equipment to facilitate screen printing, lithography (polyester plate), etching, relief, and letterpress.
Every other year, TLP members create an editioned calendar (100) of 12 signed artworks + cover and credits page. For the 2017 calendar, Kathleen Piercefield, Rick Finn, Mary Woodworth, Tory Keith, Nicole Hollon, Jay Harriman, Jonpaul Smith, Nicci Mechler, April Foster, Vanessa Sorensen, Mary Mark, Nancy Turner, and Susan Naylor joined forces to create this beauty:
The cover features three variations in split fountain (or rainbow roll). Whichever you choose to call it, it’s really gorgeous in person. The fourth cover is black (for the minimalists out there). Susan Naylor set the type for the cover & credits page. The cover was done on a Vandercook Proof Press with vintage wood type. (The proof press doesn’t have the mechanized rollers, so the block is inked by hand, for every single print, with a squeaky little handheld brayer.)
The interior color and media vary. This year, each artist chose a color and print method close to their heart. Methods include linocuts (several with split fountains), screen printing (like my page below), suminagashi (Japanese technique, marbled paper), or collage of screen printed textiles. (Our monthly grids were printed by Brian of Steamwhistle Letterpress.)
Artists signed each edition by hand. Each print is sized so that it may be later trimmed of the grid and framed with a standard 11×14 inch mat w/ 8×10 inch window. There are (and will only ever be) a limited edition of 100 of these beauties. All proceeds benefit Tiger Lily Press.
Calendars are available for mail order ($45 + shipping) or to pick up at our November 5th Print Sale event (10am-4pm) at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center. Tiger Lily Press members will be talking printmaking selling prints upstairs (along with members of the Book Arts Society talking books, bookbinding, and paper), while the Autumn Art Fair runs downstairs. [Update: all calendars sold by November’s end.]
Above is my August page, screen printed in a berry red on this thick, smooth stock. This flower-tattooed girl has a direct gaze and is flanked by rue and rose hips. In magical gardening, rose tea is said to induce prophetic dreams—rue aids in recovery from illness and mental clarity (Romans reportedly ate it to ward off the evil eye, for example). August is a wakeful woman with a gift for focus & clear sight.
A Closer Look at October
Vanessa Sorensen (Nessy Designs) did a lovely blog post on the making of her October cercropia leaf linocut. She shows the process from drawing to print, with a video of one coming off of the press!