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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Sorry I have no pretty pictures today. I have been teaching the last two days and did not have time to print. But I have a new crop of questions that I want to get out. You may have one of these questions on your mind.
Do you want the name of the moths?
Yes, please tell me the moth species. You may write it on the card with your name and address when sending in your moths.
Does my moth have to look exactly like the real thing?
No, not at all, you may take all the liberty you like.
Can I send you 5 different moths?
Can I send you more than 5?
Yes. My goal is 40,000 + I am hand printing about 4,000 myself between now and May. I will print each myself but get help in cutting them out.
Does the paper have to be two sided?
No, it does not. The paper can be just black or white or grey without any detail. It can be detailed on one side or both if you really want to make that, but it will not be well seen on the bottom. Because I am making several thousand myself, I am using old prints and drawings as my moth paper. I am printing on the “clean” side so there will be texture and marking on the bottom. It is also essentially “free” paper since I already have it.
Does the size you listed 1″ to 6″ include the wings?
Yes, that size is the total for the largest areas of the moth, whether it be the height or the width. That way it will be into an A4 envelope.
What exactly do I need to be a moth ambassador?
Moth Ambassadors are people not living in the US and who would like to gather a group of 5 other people to make moths, but shipping from their country could be cost prohibited. I do not want to deny people the opportunity to participate simply because of postage. Moths must be all packaged together from one location in an A3 or A4 sized envelope and send international standard mail, no express or special services. Please confirm you want to be a moth ambassador with me. I will need a copy of the the receipt of postage from the post office. (This is for my tax purposes since I am self funding it) Receipt can be send via email.
As always, I am deeply thankful for your participation and so excited to see how all this will unfold. More photos will come this weekend.
Please email your intention to participate and questions to: email@example.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!
Call for Participation! Cut paper and/or printed moths – Deadline July 15, 2017
I was invited to create an installation for the exhibition titled, “Cross Pollination.” Curated by Valerie Roybal, with assistance from Claude Smith and independent curator Aimee Gwynne Franklyn at 516Arts, Albuquerque, NM . Cross Pollination refers to how insects and other creatures pollinate plant life, but also to the cross pollination of ideas in art and science. I want to create an artwork using moths, nocturnal pollinators, as the vehicle for the cross-pollination and systematic exchanges between people.
Anyone from around the world may participate by making paper cut out moths. Moth will be cataloged and attached to gallery walls and ceiling in a giant geographically accurate web. This web will trace the origin location to every participating person. The moths will “fly out” from Brooklyn, NY and “fly” from city to state to country tracing the “migration” pattern of people’s participation.
My goal is to create and attract at least 40,000 moths. The number derives from the number of moths a grizzly bear may eat per day prior to hibernation. What does the grizzly have to do with migration? Probably not a whole lot beyond intercepting the work of the moths by eating them all.
- Color: black, white or grey paper and or/ink – No colour
- Size: No larger than 6″ (15.25cm)and no smaller than 1″ (2.5cm).
- Paper weight can be variable, from about 30g/m to 270g/m.
- Matte paper only please – No Glossy Paper – No “printer paper”
- Species: Any moth of your choosing. I encourage your regional moth.
- Deadline: All moths must arrive by July 15, 2017
- Mediums: Cut paper, Linocut, lithography, Etching, Laser cut, Silkscreen, Letterpress, Drawing, no photograph no digital prints, no computer print outs.
- When in doubt keep image plain and simple
- Documentation: All locations and connections to people will be documented on paper and my website. A text sheet and diagram with all participants will accompany the installation.
- You may make as many or as little moths as you like, but it would be ideal to have at least 5 of the same moth for visual groupings.
- Please print name, city or town, state or province, country and who you found out about the project from. I will trace everyone back to the origin.
- Please fill out this form by clicking here.
- Exhibition dates are August 19 – November 11, 2017 but I need the moths by July 15th in order to photograph and catalog them. Installation begins August 1, 2017.
- Important: Moth shape must be cut out of paper. Please do not send moth with any background image or paper. Just the outside contour as seen in the top image.
- Please share your photos progress and completed moth photos on our FB group page, Moth Migration Project
Fine Print: Due to the volume of expected contributors I am unable to return the moths. All participants will receive a moth postcard in the mail signed by me as a thank you and acknowledgment of their participation. The exhibition will be well documented and all photos will be available from my website. Your contribution will also be noted on my website. There are no fees and no exchange of money involved.
Please email your intention to participate and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will receive mailing instructions, once you confirm your participation.
Thank you so much for contribution to my project.
Now I must get back to printing.
I am writing from North Creek, NY in Adirondack State Park. I am staying at a lovely cabin and meeting my friend Nancy for some hiking and skiing over the next three days. Above is Moxham Mountain. It is a short hike, a little over 5 miles, but known for it’s amazing views. Covered in snow, it will be spectacular. Tomorrow morning Conrad, Homer and I will meet Nancy for our first hike.
But hiking is not why I am writing. I am writing to let you know about a printmaking workshop I am teaching at the Education Alliance on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Right now the class has two people signed up, but we need four to run it. It is Sunday January 15th.
In just four hours from 1pm to 5pm you will create an image, transfer it onto a 5″ x 7″ linoleum block, carve it, and print. Valentine’s Day is coming up. What is better than a handmade Valentine for the lovely people in your life?
This is my first time teaching at the Education Alliance, I really want the class to run. It is $100 and includes all materials, plus you get to keep the carving tool! You will leave the class with 10-15 completed prints!
So do not delay and sign up by clicking here. I promise you it will be fun. And if you make Valentine prints I guarantee the recipients will be extremely happy.
So you waited until the last minute. Good for you! I have a great last minute stocking stuffer, gift for teachers, friends, anyone who still takes notes on paper! Each Moleskine Cahier journal is hand printed from original artwork. Each one is unique.
On my Etsy Store I have both small and large journals with handprinted original artwork on the covers. Normally my small journals are $13 each but I am offering 3 for $27, plus flat rate priority mail shipping of $6. The catch? I will put three random journals in the mail to you. But I promise they will be awesome. I will ship within 24 hours. To learn about and order the small journals click my Etsy Stonetrigger Press Store Here.
I also have large Moleskine Journals. They have 80 acid free pages, a nice pocket in the back and measure 8.5″ x 5.” They are available for $38 for three. And yes you get the same priority mail shipping special. Details on the large journals and to order click here
Finally if you are in the NYC area and want to come to Red Hook Brooklyn and pick out your own journals you are welcome to do so. Otherwise all orders will be shipped as they come in, within 24 hours! Happy Holidays from Hilary, Conrad and Homer at Stonetrigger Press