Happy New Year!
I’m starting 2014 with the single resolution to make more prints. I need to put that nice Conrad etching press through its paces, and after all the moves my monstrously heavy letterpress made from 1997 to 2008, isn’t it time for some new wood engravings?
Part of this is love of prints, but it’s also part necessity. Unlike one-off pieces prints can be in more than one place at a time.
It’s a good sign that this is a concern.
2013 was a professionally crazy, tough, great year. I got smacked a few times, learned a lot, went to some amazing parts of Alaska, bit off more than I could chew, chewed it anyway, and did some work I am proud of. I think I’m ready for 2014, or nearly.
The year looks pretty full already. I’ve got teaching work in two elementary schools in Fairbanks in January and May. Brandon and I are working on our collaborative art/woodworking projects for the Rasmuson Foundation project grant right now, starting with an “edition” of boxes, working up to a few small cabinets before the deadline in May. Here’s a mock-up for one of the dovetail boxes that will end up with a lot more art on and in it:
I’ve got shows in August and December, and a residency in Zion National Park from mid-October to mid-November. There’s a bike trip in the South in the spring, and hopefully some stops to visit in other places on the way to Utah in the fall. A 1% project for a school in Palmer is in the strange space between selection and contracting, but I’ve learned to stay detached until that paperwork is signed.
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2013 what it was. There were generous teachers in small communities, organizations and galleries who gave me opportunities, friends who sat on my studio floor and told me stories as I carved and painted endless rocks and water for the Murie Building, people who came to my shows, kids who made my day with their drawings and mosaics. It’s a quite a lucky job I’ve got, and a small army of friends and strangers who keep me in it. Here’s to a bright and busy 2014.