96" x 44". That's how big this woodcut print is. And now, nervously and with great anticipation, the big reveal.....
Steamroller. Yup. Steamroller. That's what we will use to print fabric in October. The next five weeks will find me at the Five in One Social Club workshop carving a 40" x 96" woodcut that we will ink and roll over. With a steamroller. Forty by ninety-six, big enough to be used as a banner, a shroud or a toga. Or maybe a quilt. Or two.
I've always wanted to design large prints, but never had access to large presses. This will be the first time I will carve a woodcut. It's a comfort zone challenge. There's no telling how much joy or regret I will feel during this process. Start thinking big. Yup. Big. No little stitch details necessary. (Oh...OK...maybe after I get the fabric printed I could add little stitch details...watch this space).
And of course it will be fabric. My medium of choice. Cotton, stretched delicately over an inked board, coming alive with pressure. Lots of pressure, watch your fingers.
So, naturally, I think about cutting it up and stitching swathes of yardage.
It's probably a good thing that my sewing machine is in the shop for maintenance. Not sure how much distraction I need during this challenge.
Think big. Work big. Oh my.
As Jefferson Airplane says in their classic song, White Rabbit:
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head