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Prints of the flora/fauna of Thailand + Burma, designed as part of a workshop with an arts and crafts studio on the Thai-Burma border.
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Addendum 1: Etsy, Uplift, Instagram

Posted by Mike Schultz (Creator)
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The Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project was a life changing experience for me. It was incredibly challenging, but the outcome was very fulfilling and continues to bear fruit.

A neat stack of hand cut paper ready to be made into letterpress prints, and a current oil painting (mid-process) about the Burma Death Railway of World War II.
A neat stack of hand cut paper ready to be made into letterpress prints, and a current oil painting (mid-process) about the Burma Death Railway of World War II.

Currently, I am in the genesis stage of working on a new set of plant and animal print designs that will be a second chapter to this project. I really appreciate all of the kind feedback from you about the work that I produced. Thank you all for your support!

Etsy

The entire TBFF series of letterpress prints is now listed in my Etsy shop. Last minute holiday shoppers, please get your orders in to me as soon as possible so I can get them out to you. Handmade prints make great gifts!

Hand colored Birds and Moths: I intentionally chose a dynamic trio of brightly colored birds with the idea that at some point I would make a full color print.  This hand colored version is a prototype using the actual colors of the birds.
Hand colored Birds and Moths: I intentionally chose a dynamic trio of brightly colored birds with the idea that at some point I would make a full color print. This hand colored version is a prototype using the actual colors of the birds.
Thailand Burma Flora Fauna letterpress and linocut prints listed in my Etsy shop.
Thailand Burma Flora Fauna letterpress and linocut prints listed in my Etsy shop.

Uplift: Myanmar

My friend Nisha Toomey, whom I met in Mae Sot, Thailand, has embarked on an incredible project with her partner Barnabe Geis. They are making a series called Uplift, which focuses on positive work being done all over the world in places like Burma (aka Myanmar).

The very first episode of Uplift takes place in Burma. It's absolutely wonderful-- beautifully shot and filled with humor and smart ideas. It brought me right back, and I have watched it several times already. If you would like to get a better feel for where Burma is at as a country, I highly I recommend this video!

Instagram: @mike_schultz_studio

Follow my work on Instagram! I usually post once a day, and often have small updates on my various printmaking and painting projects. I also like to share the occasional travel photo from Burma and Thailand.

Follow my work on Instagram @mike_schultz_studio.
Follow my work on Instagram @mike_schultz_studio.

Framing

How have you framed your prints? I love seeing how folks choose to have this done! If you would like to share, please send me your photos at mikeschultzstudio@gmail.com. 

Here is an example of how I have been framing the TBFF prints to show.

The Title Page print with a classic white mat and slim black frame.
The Title Page print with a classic white mat and slim black frame.

A River at Night: The Final Landscape

The very last design I made for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project was the “Night” print. Specifically within that print the very last piece of the puzzle was the landscape on the left side of the design. I had fun working out the perspective of that river (which is seen from above, but recedes back in space). The challenge was, “How do you convey vast depth using just black and white with no gradation? 

I feel incredibly grateful towards my good friend Jack Baumgartner for fielding many late night phone calls and helping me troubleshoot these designs before I made the final letterpress plates and began printing.

Getting the correct feeling perspective of the winding river was the final challenge of this design and project.
Getting the correct feeling perspective of the winding river was the final challenge of this design and project.

Thank you all for your support!

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