Monday, November 2, 2015

PAAC week 4 and 5, and INK IT UP!

My work at Pyramid Atlantic is on in full swing. Everyone at PAAC, including myself, has been gearing up for this year's big event - the 2nd Biennial Printmaking Symposium Ink It Up!

Ink It Up!, scheduled for November 14th, is going to be a one-day event filled with demonstrations, presentations, panel discussions, open portfolios. Some of the demonstrations include 'Negative Space and Mezzotint' with Shawn Smith, Hydrographic Immersion Printing' with Justin Strom, Glass Powder Screenprinting with Gretchen Schermerhorn and John Lickerman, 'Building a Table-top Press' with Franc Rosario. The panel discussion 'The Enveloping Experience of Printstallation' will look at print based installation art. Open Portfolio is going to be another exciting part of the print symposium - a showcase of prints from colleges, universities and printshops in the DC metro area. At the end of the day, there will be a coaster printing party accompanied by locally brewed beer.

Ink It Up! also has special exhibitions. 'The 45 Record Project, Revisited', is an exhibition of prints by artists from Pyramid Atlantic, AS220, BYO Printshop and Second State Press. The 45 Record Project is a print exchange and I am one of the six Pyramid Atlantic participating artists. 'Sphere' is the second exhibition. The show, to be hosted at Vigilante Coffee, is a collection of prints by Pyramid Atlantic artists. Ink It Up! is going to be a fantastic event. For more information and the full schedule visit the website.

In addition to the print symposium, I've been learning a lot of new things. I attended a soft-ground etching and drypoint workshop taught by Jake Muirhead. And then there is the ongoing lithography workshop. As part of my internship I am awarded one free workshop of my choice, and I signed up for a lithography class taught by Melissa Ezelle. I have been curious about this artform for a long time and I am thrilled to be finally learning it. I also did some book binding under the tutelage of book artist Linda Rollins. Great fun.

Some photographs from PAAC follow. Enjoy!

soft ground etching and dry point

polishing the stone for lithography

drawing on the litho stone

book binding

Monday, September 21, 2015

PAAC internship weeks 2 and 3

It's been three weeks since I began my internship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC). My orientation to the different studios is still on, and I've been busy helping out in prepping for workshops, making pulp for paper making, putting up artworks for an exhibition etc.  I just made my first batch of paper using fabric (I will post photos soon.) I have also started some screen printing and etching experiments. It’s good to be back in the print room.

making paper with a mould and deckle 
the paper press and drying rack

working on the plate

first proofs 

screen printing

Monday, September 7, 2015

PAAC 2015 fall studio internship

Exciting news. I have been selected for the 2015 Fall Studio Internship at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (PAAC). Pyramid Atlantic is a non-profit contemporary art center with printmaking, paper making and book arts studios. PAAC offers an internship program every semester. The program gives interns the opportunity to understand the operations of a non-profit art center and gain studio experience. Interns assist teachers and artists in the printmaking, paper making and book art studios, and help out with everyday activities like studio upkeep, exhibitions, events, workshops etc. Interns also work on their own projects. I'm really excited to be the Fall Intern this year. I look forward to working at PAAC with teachers and artists, getting back to printmaking and learning new art forms.

The first couple of weeks is an orientation to the processes and equipment in each of the studios. I am now learning the basics of paper making under the guidance of Gretchen Schermerhorn, the Artistic Director at PAAC. Fascinating stuff.

PAAC is located in downtown Silver Spring. The art center offers many workshops taught by experienced teachers. The beautiful PAAC building (a lovely red) has two levels. The lower level of the building has the print room, paper making studio, bindery, letterpress studio, dark room, screen printing studio, the office area and artist studios. Upstairs is the 2nd floor gallery and a few more artist studios. The art center is home to many artists and this brings me to the best part about this internship - the opportunity to meet other artists, see the work they are doing and learn from them.

Watch this space for weekly updates about my adventures at PAAC. Until then, have a creative week!

paac building in downtown silver spring

the print room - ready for the day

 the bindery

letterpress studio

stairs to the 2nd floor gallery

fabric for paper making

sketches and ideas for printmaking

Saturday, September 5, 2015

potter files: a summer of ceramics (part I)

I got back to ceramics this summer after three months in India. (That's two summers for me this year.) Returning to the potter's wheel after a gap is like riding a bike - you don't forget. You are wobbly at first but you get into the groove pretty quick.

I glazed my pots a bit differently this time. In addition to the dipping or dunking method I also brushed on the glaze for a more painterly effect. Another technique I used involved adding a layer of wax resist on the first layer of glaze and then scraping off the wax roughly before adding the second layer of glaze. The result is what I call the broken wall effect. I like the gritty effect of this technique.
Below are some of the tea cups, mugs, wine glasses, pitchers and bowls I made. Thanks to getsane for the beautiful photographs.

The second part of the summer output will be up soon. Also look out for a series of posts about an internship program I have been selected for. More about that tomorrow. Until then enjoy!


Saturday, August 22, 2015


acrylic and watersoluble graphite on paper, 8x8", 2015 priya vadhyar

In the desert
My eyes scanned the horizon
For the emerald waters
Within me.