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
Join me on Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3pm for the final installation of my public printmaking workshops.
I will be at 99 Plymouth Street, corner of Washington in DUMBO, with my press and 5 different blocks for you to print and add to the Salt Marsh wall.
It is free, just stop in between 1 and 3, chose your block, ink it, print it, stamp it and take it with you. You can also add precut animals to the salt marsh.
More details click here
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.
I was excited to get the email asking if I wanted to be on TV. I would meet NY1’s Roger Clark at 6a.m. to do two live new spots at my exhibition in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The news team would then “package” together a segment that would replay all day.
The interview was great advertising for my second free workshop at the park. It will happen on November 19 from 1 to 3pm. You can click here for the details. Don’t let the “kid” workshop fool you, it is for everyone, 99 Plymouth Street, corner of Washington. It is just south of the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO. It is walking in and out any time.
To see my short interview you can click here.
It was loads of fun to be interviewed by Roger, he was amazing and make it easy. I didn’t tell him that I don’t own a TV. I never have.
“Join artist Hilary Lorenz for a demonstration of her printmaking process and an opportunity to add to Birding, her new installation at 99 Plymouth!”
That is the heading for the press release from Brooklyn Bridge Park where my installation, “Birding” is now in full swing. Three separate murals made entirely of printed, cut and watercolor painted paper are spread out over three wall in a total of fifty-six feet.
I have been working on this project since March, first at my LMCC Artist residency, then in my studio in NM and finally at a the C-Scape Artist Residency on the National Seashore of Cape Cod. It has definitely grown!
The first of three 2 hours drop in demonstrations will be Sunday October 23rd from 1 to 3 pm. And for an added bonus it is my birthday weekend, so come and see me. Click here for the details . Visitors have the opportunity of printing, cutting and posting fish, sea creatures, and birds to the community room’s “Salt Marsh” mural piece.
I hope to see you Sunday at 99 Plymouth Street at Washington, DUMBO neighborhood, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.
Linocut wood ducks on hand drawn rocks and water.
Tomorrow morning I begin installing my new piece at 99 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11201. It is in DUMBO, just south of the Manhattan Bridge.
Here is a link to the opening night event. Please come and join me!
The work will be up all through the year.
If you find yourself in BBP on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 6pm stop by, I will be in the community room as I install the show.
Hand drawn rocks by Hilary Lorenz
On October 1 I begin installing a new artwork at 99 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park across the street from Smack Mellon. Commissioned by the park in early spring I have been drawing, carving and printing birds that inhabit the park. This past month I began work on their habitat, first with the rocks that surround the marsh then I will make the grass. The piece will be big, there is a 12 and 24 foot wall in one area, and a second 20 foot and 12 foot wall in anther. I always get nervous that I do not have enough printed and cut paper, but I should also know that by now I always do.
I planned my schedule carefully for this piece. I spent March through July carving the linoleum block birds. In August I made multiple drawings. And the plan for September was to spend 30 days printing my heart out on my big, 33″ x 72″ press at LIU Brooklyn where I am a tenured professor. All went well until September 1. Dr. Kimberly Kline, president of LIU locked out faculty during contract negotiations. I had 48 hours to get my blocks, paper, ink and completed artworks out of my LIU studio. I managed to do that along with a small press. My bike, flat files and 20 years of artwork are still there and I cannot access them. Yes, the lockout is horrible and I technically went from a full tenured professor to unemployed and uninsured in about 48 hours. But as they say, “opportunity comes from adversity” and it is true. A friend offered me space in his studio, another friend use of his press. And while his press is smaller than some of my blocks I can do a great deal of work. Instead of printing some of the large piece I will hand draw them them onsite. This is certainly offering me the opportunity of new ways of creating my artwork. It is also showing me that no matter what happens with these negotiations, I will be just fine, but I worry deeply about my students. I have to pass through a whole lot of anxiety, fear and anger to get to the other side and it is not pretty. But working from home and at least making drawings, and txting with my students, everything feels right.
Linoleum block hand colored Seagulls by Hilary Lorenz for BBP.