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Reduction Grid with Susana McDonnell

May 4 - May 5

Reduction Grid
2 days: Saturday and Sunday 
May 4th and 5th 
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Explore reduction printmaking in a low-stakes way using soft rubber blocks and Japanese archival stamp pads. This course combines pattern design and reduction printmaking with an adventurous spirit. We will start with a basic pattern of your creation, print a first layer by hand, carve into the same block a bit more to allow another aspect of the pattern to emerge, print the second layer in a different color and continue until we have at least three layers. The thrill of reduction printmaking is that you cannot go back and correct mistakes if you have a misprint (though methods of turning those lemons into lemonade will be provided). We will use the weekend to explore this method fully, starting with a smaller piece to establish fundamentals and then moving on to a larger piece.

Susana McDonnell is the owner of LinoCave, a Boston-based home studio focused on geometric pattern design and block printing on fabric and paper. She holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and is a lifelong artist who has studied and taught many mediums including, but not limited to glassblowing, neon, wood, drawing and watercolor. Despite the fact that block printing is one of the few mediums she has not formally studied, the allure of it inspires her to teach and explore it further every day. She is the co-host of @printersolstice, a prompt-based printmaking campaign on Instagram that inspires printmakers around the world to create during the winter solstice and is also a Speedball Demo Artist.

Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studio 
27 Dunstan Street 
West Newton, MA 02465 



May 4
May 5
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