Signing up the edition of 100 finished "MOTH" prints! This print & all of our prints are authentic, handmade woodcuts. No computers or digital technologies are used, just the basics: our hands, imaginations, wood, handheld carving tools, ink, paper & time. We think it turned out really neat, so warm & golden! Two blocks make this image, see them HERE!
Printing the final run, the key block, on the golden "MOTH" print. This paper has been really neat to print on, very thin & translucent, fluttery like insect wings, but STRONG! In the top photo you can see the ink coming through a bit. Next shows the pulling up of the paper from the inked block after a run through the press. And, last photo, the block & the finished print. Photo of the print all done? HERE!
This time last year, we were hard at work on "THE MOON" woodcut and *wow* was it ever a project! We spent many a night & day hunkered over these big blocks drawing & carving. And we loved every minute of it. We learned all of the oceans and seas, we thought long and hard about the space-battered surface of crater wells & dusty dunes. Hours and hours of drawing and dreaming about the moon. What a marvel it is!
We continue to find photos that we took to document the making of the print (as above, turning the jigsawed moon shape into place in the sky with a screwdriver)! Root through all of our photos up online in this PHOTO SET.
Prints are still available from the limited edition, but no telling for how long. Gift or get your very own 'MOON' & stars HERE.
Mark your calendars for December 7th, Pittsburgh! It's time for the annual holiday HANDMADE ARCADE & this year, Pittsburgh's largest indie craft fair is turning 10!
Tugboat's been a part of HANDMADE ARCADE for the past 5 years, we like it a lot and we'll be there again this year with available editions ready to take home to gift for the handmade holidays. 150 vendors total! Something for everyone, as they say.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
DAVID L. LAWRENCE CONVENTION CENTER
One day only, totally free admission!
Can't make it? Beat the holiday rush and purchase your favorite Tugboat Printshop woodcuts in our online shop! Now with Free U.S. Shipping!
We were inspired to take some photos to chronicle the "MOTH" carving process, and stitched them all together into this woodblock carving stop motion animation! The process of actually carving the key block for the "MOTH" took much longer than the sped up 30 seconds in the video (more like 100 hours), but you get the idea! Next time, we'll do it with our hands in the photos too!
Here we are, printing yellow gold on the new "MOTH" print. Our first time printing with Okawara paper, so appropriately translucent & fluttery! We wanted to try to show you how lovely it is to look at the buttery glow of the yellow block's printed silohuette, sunlight streaming in through the studio windows. The key block (last photo above, in dark ink) prints atop this layer to make the finished print. It's really nice. Quite very happy with how this print turned out!
"MOTH" prints are ready to go, shipping out daily! Get one HERE.
We are happy to introduce a new shop policy, FREE U.S. SHIPPING on all of our woodcut prints! New economy International rates are available, too!
All of our prints are packaged with strict attention to care, so they arrive looking their very brand new best. Small to mid-sized prints are individually packaged in clear plastic sleeves against acid-free backing. Prints are then secured against rigid sheets of cardboard and slid into sturdy cardboard mailers. Large scale prints are shipped in tubes. All packages are clearly marked for careful handling in shipment.
Shop all of our available prints HERE! Print editions do sell out (just look back through our ARCHIVE!), so act fast to make sure you'll have your favorite prints & print gifts this season!
Last week, we made the trip to NYC for Print Week and our first solo show in a while at The Arm Letterpress in Brookyn! We also tabled for an evening at Prints Gone Wild VII, an annual affordable print fair held this year at Littlefield in Brooklyn.
Our exhibition at The Arm will be on view through January 5th, we are planning a big closing party for that time with many of our current works in progress to make their NYC debuts. So stay tuned for info about that! Join our newletter for a reminder as the date nears (also a good idea because we have a secret whopper print in the works you just might want to catch a glimpse of early on...)
So, if you are in the big city, The Arm is a very pleasant stop and if you are keen on seeing our BRAVE NEW WORLD woodcuts in person, the chance is now yours! The Arm is located at 281 N. 7th Street, more details about their hours can be found online at www.thearmnyc.com.
Golden patternwork shimmers across the unfolded yellow wings of the new "MOTH" woodcut. Emerging into the path of flame, the "MOTH" is ablaze like jewelry tilted to shine in the sun.
"MOTH" is printed from 2 woodblocks (this one & this one) onto 16" x 22" Okawara Paper. Edition of 100 prints, available exclusively in our shop HERE.
Production on this print will start in the coming week. Be one of the first to get this print by placing an order now for delivery post-production when prints are dry & ready to go!
The new 8" x 8" "CRYSTAL SKULL" woodcut edition is printed and ready to go!
On Natural Kitakata paper, edition of 100 prints. Get a copy of your very own HERE.
Opening this Thursday, November 7th, at The Arm Letterpress in Brooklyn, NYC ~ BRAVE NEW WORLD: Woodcuts by Tugboat Printshop. Join us! Thursday, November 7th from 7PM - 10PM. Lots of new prints, fresh off the press!
Next week, Nov. 6-10, is Print Week in NYC & the IFPDA Print Fair. We will also be tabling at Prints Gone Wild VII, at Littlefield in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 8th, 6PM - 1AM.
Brave New World is a show of recent work by Pittsburgh-based woodcut print artists Tugboat Printshop. Their intricate color woodcuts celebrate the natural world and our relationship to it. With extreme focus on craft and detail, the artists build idealistic, nostalgic and meticulously patterned worlds with their traditionally made prints. Rich color is layered in multiple impressions from hand-drawn, hand-carved and individually printed wood blocks. A marvel of process and DIY spirit, Tugboat Printshop's BRAVE NEW WORLD narrative is one of sustainability, resourcefullness, and upbeat do-good attitude.
This show will be on view at The Arm from November 7th to January 5th, 2014 with the opening reception on November 7th from 7PM to 10PM.
Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the collaborative woodcut artists Tugboat Printshop. The couple has been publishing their traditionally hand-crafted color woodblock print editions from Pittsburgh, PA since 2006.
A jewel encrusted relic, perhaps bestowed with mystical, supernatural powers - perhaps not. Surely a wonderment! A "CRYSTAL SKULL."
The "CRYSTAL SKULL" is printed in a prism-y fade from purple/pink to grey, from one woodblock onto Natural Kitakata Paper. 8" x 8", Edition of 100.
Oddly, we made this without thinking about the coming holiday, but it just so happens that tomorrow is Halloween and also the introduction of this kind-of spooky new edition to our shop, the "CRYSTAL SKULL" woodcut.
Above is the block all carved out, in the color it was drawn in. A jewel encrusted relic, ultimately printed in soft grey, lilac to the slightest pink. Can be yours HERE.
Well, right now these wings are gold (yellow). But we'll probably be printing this block in a soft, powdery color (no metallics). The carved block above will print first below the key block to create the finished printed image of our "MOTH".
Paper arrives tomorrow, and we'll start proofing! So, pre-order time is really limited. Act fast to get a copy at the intro rate! Read more & place your pre-order HERE.