I've always been really interested in printmaking-- it's actually what I wanted to study in college, but the school I ended up going to didn't have a printmaking program so I put printmaking on the back burner for a while.
Lately I've gotten back into it and I am overwhelmed and in awe of how therapeutic and rewarding the process is. The attention to detail and concentration it requires helps me carve each movement with awareness and patience; it reminds me to take it slow and relish in the moment of making.
I began printmaking again with the intention of keeping the plates for myself, but then I couldn't resist giving them to friends as gifts as a little hello to remind them I am thinking of them even though we aren't able to see each other much in these strange times.
After that, I posted a few pictures of my process on Instagram and people started commissioning me to make prints for them. I had so much fun with it that now I welcome commissions! Sometimes they're a challenge, but that's what makes it so exciting-- I get to learn and readjust and evolve in the way I carve, ink, and print.
Here are some prints I have made recently and as a bonus, some of the first prints I ever made back in highschool-- shout out Mrs. Chandler at South Laurel High School! B-)