Chillin’ on the Chilkoot Bingo

Chilkoot Trail, Prints
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Chilkoot Bingo cards in the drying rack.

I outdid myself with the complexity of my Chilkoot Bingo game. I created Chilkoot Bingo as a part of my Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency. Sponsored by the Yukon Arts Centre, Parks Canada and the US National Park Service and the Skagway Arts Council with support from the Skagway Traditional Council and Alaska Geographic I will be taking a creative journey hiking through Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Alaska, and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site, British Columbia. Carrying everything in my backpack for two weeks and sleeping on the trail, I will offer two nights of game playing, one in Alaska and one in Canada. I have fabulous cash and prizes in the form of chocolate coins and other goodies to those who play and win Chilkoot bingo with me.

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The linoleum and woodblock carvings of Chilkoot Bingo items.

I began the Chilkoot Bingo cards by making 25 wood and linoleum block prints of animals from the Yukon,  and hiking items such as a tent, boot and coffee pot. The 25 carvings, which range in size from 4″ x 6″ to 5″ x 7″ were printed onto paper and took just over 150 hours to create.

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Inked up linocuts and woodcuts for the Chilkoot bingo Cards.

Once the carvings were printed and photographed, I made a digital layout of the Bingo Cards, downloading fonts made from real wood type from the late 1800’s, the peak of the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Chilkoot Bingo digital layout for silkscreen

I created the design in Photoshop that was eventually shot onto transparency film so that I could make silkscreens.  Every bingo card needs to be different and silkscreening made the most sense to me. The layout took a full day, about 10 hours to finish.

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Freshly shot silkscreen prior to printing.

I sent my files over to my friend Roni Henning who is a professional artist and screen printer. She has a good studio for printing and helped me shoot the films onto the screen and begin printing.

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Hilary Lorenz examining the new silkscreen.

 

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Every single object needs to be printed one at a time onto the bingo cards. For example, I print a bat in one spot, move the game piece, then print the bat in the next place. To complete the entire set of 24 game pieces onto 200 bingo cards, I pull ink through the screen  4800 times. I printed the background separately, another 50 pulls.  In the video clip, you can see me print 4 pulls, imagine doing that almost 5000 times! I should be able to complete these in about 50 hours.

If you were paying really close attention, you would say, “wait a minute, you  only made 24 objects, and bingo needs 25.” You are so right. The middle section, the free space will be an embossed gold nugget. I created a rubber stamp.

 

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Gold nugget rubber stamp

The rubber stamp will be pressed into embossing ink, then sprinkled with gold powder. I  seal the stamp with a heat gun, and the gold powder magically puffs up making a textured embossed surface. This is a pretty quick process, maybe 2 to 3 hours to complete.

My final step will be screen printing my information and a special thank you to all the sponsors and supporters on the back. Each card will be one of a kind, and ever hiker lucky enough to get one and play Bingo will have something extraordinary. I am willing to bet there nowhere in the history of bingo card making has anyone spent over 225  hours making 200  5″ x 7″ cards. But then again there are no better Bingo cards than these!

If on July 29, 2018, you find yourself at Sheep Camp, along the Chilkoot Trail, (the last camp on the US side of the trail)  you can try your luck at Bingo and keep your card.

Or if on August 3, you are at the Chilkoot Trail, Lindeman Camp on the Northeast summit of Chilkoot Pass in British Columbia you are in luck and can play Chilkoot Bingo.

This is the only place these cards and the game playing will happen. It is a special event reserved for those I meet on the trail. I can’t wait to see you there.

I will also do conventional artist talks about my work and experience on the trail in Whitehorse Canada, on August 8th and Skagway Alaska August 10.

See you in the Yukon!

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One version of 200 different Bingo Cards

Moth Migration Interns wanted.

Moth Migration Project, Prints, Uncategorized

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The Moth Migration Project needs one or two interns or assistants to prepare for our next series of exhibitions. You can work in person or virtually as I need both.

I will keep this short and sweet. The Moth Migration Project will open a new exhibit at the Heard Natural Science Museum, in July 2018, Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre, St. Andrews, NB, Canada, September 2018, and the Bundaberg Regional Gallery, Bundaberg, Australia, April 2019. I can’t do this alone. Would you like to contribute to this amazing project?

Here are the basics of what an intern or assistant may do. I should add this is currently an unpaid job until funding comes in.

Duties: Receive and Catalog paper moths, Update Google Database to reflect the collection, email participants to confirm delivery of artwork, send postcards to recognition to participating artists, scan or photo moths for entry into database and website, engage artists and makers through social media to participate in project by making moths, help prepare for exhibition in July at the Heard Natural Science Museum, TX, in September in Canada and April 2019, Australia. Engage in brainstorming ideas for fundraising and community printmaking workshops. Learn to work  with a fiscal sponsor.

Skills in any of the following areas: printmaking, gallery management, library science, museum studies, social media marketing, fundraising, administration or a simple willingness to learn.

Interns will learn about printmaking and drawing mediums, museum and gallery archiving practices, social media marketing strategy, strategic planning for major and multiple events, community programming. They will also be trained on using Google forms, sheets and email and how to integrate it into business practices. The Intern will learn about fiscal sponsorship and how to create a campaign for project funding. The intern will be invited to create an original artwork via linocut printing and participate in the MMP exhibitions.

If you are in NYC, we will work in my studio in Red Hook Brooklyn. Ideally, you will come at least one day a week. If you are virtual, we can still work together quite efficiently.

College students may arrange college credit. Please write a two to three paragraph email describing why you want to intern with the Moth Migration Project, what you hope to learn and what skills you can offer. Please email mothmigration@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.