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“Pulp” Preview: Katherine McCanless Ruffin August 27, 2009

Posted by claralieu in artists, printmaking.
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Apreview of a work that will be in “Pulp: Works on Paper by the Studio Art Faculty“:  “Portrait of a Universal No. 1, Number One”, a letterpress print by Book Arts Program Director Katherine McCanless Ruffin. Her artist statement is listed below the image.

Katherine McCanless Ruffin

“Portrait of a Universal One, Number One” was originally printed in response to an invitation from the Center for Book Arts Vandercook Book, in celebration of the centennial of the Vandercook company. I set myself the challenge of printing a portrait of my Vandercook Universal One printing press with metal and wood type in my studio. The main body of the press is printed from wood type. The broadside gave me the opportunity to experiment with varnish, metallic inks, and overprinting. After printing an original edition of 100 copies for the Vandercook Book, I was invited to reprint the portrait in an edition of 800 for the 2009 issue of the Matrix published by the Whittington Press. This print is from the reprint edition, which was printed from the original wood and metal type on the Universal One in August 2008.-Katherine McCanless Ruffin

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