It’s almost time for your chance to purchase the newly formatted Tiger Lily Press Limited Edition Fundraiser Calendars!
Since its inception several years ago the calendar included woodcut prints carved from shina plywood, a fine-grained plywood from Hokkaido, the northern most island in Japan, and a favorite of Japanese printmakers. Although a favorite in Japan, the wood was challenging for Tiger Lily artists who were not natural wood carvers. The seasoned woodcarvers loved the block, but those less experienced had difficulty getting the images they desired. Carving the letters and numbers for the months was also something that took quite a bit of practice.
The paper that the calendar pages were printed on was a lovely cream version of Fabriano Rosapina, mould made in Italy. As of our last attempt in 2014, the paper became difficult to track down in the large quantity that we needed, leading us to consider another paper.
With these challenges the TLP members considered changing the format of the calendar. After much discussion and some resistance to leaving the traditional format, the launch was finally made to come up with a new look. Susan Naylor led a team of TLP members to design and actualize an enhanced version for 2017. This version allowed each artist to choose his or her preferred print method, which this year will include screenprints, linocuts, woodcuts, suminagashi technique and letterpress. Artists were also able to print with color ink, so you will find some color for 2017. The months and dates, which were pretty dreadful to carve, have been set using letterpress type by Brian Stuparyk of Steam Whistle Press and printed on his Heidelberg press. Another change for this year’s calendar sprung from Susan’s belief that supporters of our calendar might like to frame the images separate from the month and dates, so the image size became 6” x 8”, which can be accommodated by a precut 8” x 10” mat and framed in a standard 11” x 14” frame.
Here is the list of featured artists, a few sneak peak pics and details on how to get your hands on this new gem:
Kathleen Piercefield, Rick Finn, Mary Woodworth, Tory Keith, Nicole Hollon, Jay Harriman, Jonpaul Smith, Nicci Mechler, April Foster, Vanessa Sorensen, Mary Mark, Jim Chaney and Susan Naylor for cover page and credits.
Calendars will be $45 and available to order Monday, October 24 on the Tiger Lily Press website. You can choose to have your calendars shipped to you or picked up in person at the Print Sale November 5 at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
The calendar sale is currently the primary fundraiser for Tiger Lily Press and comes with many benefits. By purchasing a calendar for yourself you are enhancing your original fine art collection by twelve pieces. By gifting it to someone you are gracing them with valuable art at an extremely reasonable cost. Lastly, you will be responsible for strengthening our mission to produce, preserve, and promote the art of printmaking.
Thank you for your support.