We've rolled the 1st ink onto the "OVERLOOK" key block. This first inking was done to create the 4 color blocks (now drying & soon ready to start drawing in!) Printing the edition waits until all of the color blocks are drawn & carved in full. Stay tuned for more on this process as it develops!
Before rolling ink a carved block, we usually sneak in a quick rubbing to see how the carving went. Pictured here is the "OVERLOOK" key. It's so neat to see the carving appear on paper as a drawing once again!
We teamed up with favorite pals Moop & Reiko Yamamoto for a special Holiday Pop-Up Shop in Pittsburgh's North Side last weekend--it was so fun! Here's a few shots we snapped of the set up in Moop's great new factory headquarters.
Pictured: (TOP) An AP of "THE MOON" framed in natural walnut. (2ND PIC) The "RV" & "MOTH" & "COMMUNITY" & "FARM BARGE" & "DESERT ISLAND" together. (3RD PIC) Reiko Ceramics & "FROND" Woodcut. (LAST) Bags by Moop, Reiko Yamamoto Ceramics, and Tugboat Printshop Woodcuts!
Join us for our last & very festive Holiday Open Studios at Tugboat Printshop this Saturday, Dec. 20, from 11am-4pm! Good vibes & good cheer!
TBPS | 298 Main St. | Lawrenceville (PGH) 15201
Limited number of copies from the 1st edition of "MAMA BEAR" are up for grabs in our online shop! Happy Holidays! (And remember, every online purchase through 12/25 is gifted a FREE SURPRISE PRINT!)
The last of the "MAMA BEAR" woodcuts are in the online shop! Printed from 4 handmade blocks onto natural Kitakata paper, 16" x 20". Final picture coming soon! Reference the oldie on the site for a general idea.
Having lots of fun matching orders with free surprise prints! Take advantage of this special holiday opportunity and do some shopping at www.tugboatprintshop.com! (Good through 12/25!)
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Printing up "MAMA BEAR" prints this week!
"MAMA BEAR" is printed from 4 hand-drawn, hand-carved blocks onto a natural toned Kitakata paper. Take a look at a finished print!
Tugboat Printshop + Moop + Reiko Yamamoto Studio!
We're joining up with our besties & fellow Pittsburgh makers for a special Holiday Pop-up Shop! Mark your calendars & come out to shop some of the highest crafted woodcuts, bags & ceramics that the region has to offer! See you there!
December 13, NOON-5pm
831 W. North Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15233
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The "COMMUNITY" woodcut, a 16" x 20" view of an imagined neighborhood & surrounding greenspaces. Probably one of the most intricate prints we've carved to date, full of charming small detail work! Little tiny shingles, little tiny logs! A pleasant mixing of urban & rural. Printed from 4 hand-drawn, hand-carved woodblocks by the two of us.
Read more about the making & get one HERE!
After years of planning and drawing and months of carving, the "OVERLOOK" key block is now carved in full! We will be pulling a couple B&W proofs in the next week as we transfer this image to color blocks (printing the block to newsprint, then printing the still inky newsprint onto new wood). And then the process of building color begins!
The "OVERLOOK" landscape will start to take on more dimension as we are able to sculpt the key drawing with shadow and color and light. We are very excited! This has been a momentous project, showing us new ways of working together (even after 7 years of collaboration) and really allowing us to stretch our conceptions of what it is possible for us to make.
This print will have 4 color blocks. As the natural world is rich with vibrant color at its most glorious vantages, so we hope to affect the "OVERLOOK". Forests, trees, leaves in ranges of rich green; fields of golden flecked grasses; the gentle fade to pastel that happens as one looks out across a great expanse. Oh, the wonderment of diverse & beautiful living systems at work in the outdoors!
There is much still to do until the print is officially completed, but we wanted to remind you all again that the "OVERLOOK" has just a few more days of earlybird pre-order!
The price on "OVERLOOK" will be going up soon, so please place an order if you'd like to secure a copy for your collection. This will be a limited edition print. Payment plans are now available, last chance to lock in at the current rate!
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In the final stretch carving the "OVERLOOK" key!
Come and see it on Saturday (details here)!
2 years drawing and weeks & weeks of carving and it's almost complete!
We recently picked up a copy of Low Tech Print: Contemporary Handmade Printing and like it a lot! Flattered to have our prints featured in the book!
Round the clock, night & day, carving the 28" x 46"+ new block in progress. The "OVERLOOK" will be a full color print, our most ambitious project yet. Almost done carving on the key block & then onto the color!
This November 8th (Saturday) from 10am-6pm is the 10th annual Lawrenceville Artists Studio Tour!
Join us at Tugboat Printshop's studios, 298 Main Street, Pittsburgh, PA, for the inside scoop on our woodcut practice & shop available woodcut prints! Current pre-orders on show too!
The Lomito truck will be parked out front!
Hope to see you here!
Welcome back to the shop, "SNAKE VINE" woodcuts!
White flowers on natural Kitakata paper.
Printed from 3 wood blocks.