It is that time of year to apply for grants, fellowships and residencies. I spent the last few days editing images of project from the last 3 years. It is hard to know how the images will be viewed and how it all looks together especially when combining three different projects – or should I just show two projects? I still have a few days to decide.
The Moth Migration Project is developing beautifully thanks to all of you! We are only two months into the project with three to go and it is amazing. I am incredibly lucky to have Josh Lamore, writer, musician and graduate student from Pratt in library science as my fearless assistant. Josh has been brilliant in helping set up the database and cataloging system. He is also an excellent artist who has contributed his own moths plus helped me print countless other. Technically, they are not countless, we have organized every moth.
Here are some notable events I want to share with everyone:
Sevenoaks Kaleidoscope Gallery in the UK is currently hosting “Whispers” Moth Migration Project satellite exhibition with an Instagram Feed, check it out here. Along with the exhibition is a collaboration with Danford Grammer, check out their twitter feed with the kids making moths.
Sunbury Shores Arts & Nature Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada is hosting a moth migration project printing party.
I hosted a printing party at Rush Arts in NYC for their V.I.P. Arts Club. Plus I have had 5 in my home. I think I will need a vacation after this.
There are numerous teachers around the world introducing the project to their students, teachers from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada and Lithuanian. It is such an amazing opportunity to introduce pollination, migration, immigration. I see this project being all about connection and community.
I received sponsorship from Speedball, who very generously supplied me with linoleum, paper and their new professional relief ink which I love! I am a die-hard oil base ink printer, but their new line of water washable professional inks are fantastic. They clean up easily with water but print like oil. This will be amazing to use in upcoming Moth Migration Printing Parties.
In April I received 2864 moths! They are hand drawn, linocut printed, silkscreened, paper cut, gel prints, all types of media and incredibly beautiful. Thank you!
We have a FB group where you can share you moths. Just click here to find it.
Also please tag all your photos with #mothmigrationproject and or @adventureartist so that I can see them all.
Lastly, if you want to join, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome!
I created a Facebook group for the Moth Migration Project! There are over 1200 participants in this project and progress photos and completed prints go by so fast on FB, Twitter and Instagram that I am afraid I am missing them. I invite everyone to post their images to the Moth Migration Project FB page.
Each day I am getting several envelopes filled with moths. It is very exciting. When they arrive I photograph the moths and envelope, then put them into gallon size ziplock bags with the artist’s name and country and check it off the inventory sheet. I have this amazing wall of bagged moths pinned to the wall.
For those of you who want to share the project with people who are not on-line, I have created a PDF that you can download and give to them. Also if you belong to a printmaking workshop or community please share it by clicking here to download and posting it in your shop: moth_migration_project_hilary_lorenz
I plan to travel this exhibition in 2018 and 2019. I especially want to take it to places that contributed the most moths. If you are interested in hosting the project please let me know at email@example.com.
What happens when you combine the Moth Migration Program with PrintSocial? A really good time and an apartment covered in moths. PrintSocial is a project I oriented in 2010. PrintSocial is an exchange between 2-4 people, at least 2 dogs and possibly some babies during the process of making prints in my home rather than the studio. It is about coming together, eating food, making prints, and enjoying each others company. It is a social exchange with artists and non-artists of all ages. You can read more about PrintSocial and download a catalog by clicking here. Maybe you want to come over?
Corra, a new friend is about to move to Canada with her new husband. Jessica is my former TA and now dear friend. Josh, a relatively new friend I met through one of my former and favorite students, Joanna. Corra and Jessica are trained printmakers. It was Josh’s first time! I love first time printmakers. I get the privilege of witness that remarkable moment of discovery when they pull their first print!
You can think of PrintSocual as the old time quilting bee, sitting around a large table with new and old friends making honest connections, except exchange quilting with printmaking and you have PrintSocial! Coupled with the Moth Migration Project, we are collectively working on an exhibition for August. Now through April I will host one per week, all are welcome. Their moths are spectacular!!!!
The moths are rolling in and the project has expanded to 15 countries. To expedite a clean and clear data bank of all moths I created a form where all participants can put in your own details. Moth Migration Participant Data Form.
I am asking everyone to fill this out, even those who have already emailed me as this is your record. This information will also be used when I mail you your letterpress signed and dated participate card. It is also information and permissions on if and how you would like your name attached to the project.
You don’t know about the Crowd Sourcing Moth Migration Project? You may read about it byMoth Migration Project
Any questions email me at MothMigration@gmail.com
I am blown away by all the amazing stories, offers, suggestions and people committed to participating in my Moth Migration Project to be exhibition at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM, August 19 – October 28, 2017. My goal is 40,000 moths from around the world. In three days over 250 people from the Australia, Africa, Canada, Europe, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, the UK and the US have committed to the project. It is happening so fast and I am beginning to put everyone into a data base to track the project.
There are “Moth Ambassadors” in several countries. An Ambassador engages their family, friends, colleagues, studio mates and print collectives to either come together to make moths or make them on their own. They will then be shipped together and I will pay the shipping costs particularly when it is from a country that the cost of shipping could prohibit their participation. It is first come first served.
Can I use color? No, these should just be black, white or grey. If the paper is off-white, tan or a lighter brown that is fine. You can see in my dry point and linocut moths different color papers.
Do they need to be detailed? No, they could be as simple as a cut shape and no detail what so ever. That is up to you.
Can I get non-artists to join? Of course, everyone is welcome.
Do they need to be printed? Absolutely not, they could be simply cut or drawn. But no photography please.
Can I make any size moth? The moths should be 1″ (2.54cm) to 6″ (15cm). A little over or under is fine, but they should fall in that area. If you are really keen on making a giant one, please email me your idea and we can discuss. firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want them cut out? Yes, please the moths should be cut out so that I receive the moth shape, not a rectangle of the paper. They will be attached directly to the wall so they look like they are flying.
How are they being shown? I am cataloging the location of every participant. I will make a diagram mapping where each person is from. I will attach the moths to the gallery walls with museum putty in lines connecting people together. For example. I will have a number of moths from Brooklyn, my home. If a person in Australia learned of the project from me, the moths will be attached to the wall in a direct line to Australia. If the person in Australia learns of the project from someone in the UK who got it from a friend in Canada who got it from me. Then the line of moths will “migrate” from Brooklyn to Canada, then the UK and on the Australia. It is going to take some serious logistical planning.
Can I make moths from my region? Yes, you can make the moth of your choosing.
What do I get? At the completion of the project I will design and print postcards that will be hand signed and mailed to every single participant.
Do I get my moths back? Unfortunately no. But the moths will be carefully preserved and cared for! I would like for this exhibition to tour internationally.
Deadline: All moths must be received by July 15, 2017. Mailing information will be given when you state your intention to participate by email email@example.com
Please tell me your town and country so I can get started on collecting that data.
This is going to be amazing!
Kids of all ages came on Saturday to BBP to make prints. I was so luck to have Candy, Emmanuel, Lois and Lucia helping me, we were swamped! I prepared 450 sheet of printing paper with the plan to use it this Saturday and on December 11th and I went through almost all of it. One boy was so excited to make his own undersea world installation at home, he probably made about 25 prints. The kids were awesome, from 2 year olds through probably 75 year olds, plus a large group of international students. Well over 200 people came in 2 hours. I never get tired of that look people get on their faces the first time they make a print. It is magic.
Finally, I have updated my portfolio website. This site, the one you are reading now, has been great to use as a blog and I will continue to do so. But for my artwork I am happy to share my newly up to date site at hilarylorenz.com
Also, Saturday, November 19th, I will be offering the second of three free drop in printmaking demonstrations at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Come on down to 99 Plymouth Street between 1 and 3pm and make a print to take home. We are especially fortunate because Christina Pumo from Speedballart donated the new and wonderful Speedball Professional Relief Ink for our workshop. Thank you Christina and Speedball!
For more information go the the BBP website by clicking here.