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A group of diverse visual art practitioners invited to create unique prints using the same approach as the Folly Cove Design Collective
A group of diverse visual art practitioners invited to create unique prints using the same approach as the Folly Cove Design Collective
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 In The Steps of Folly Cove is community-based project in Brooklyn, New York. We are asking for your support to help cover the cost of this project by selecting one of the rewards in this fundraising campaign. The participating artists are: Peter Bregoli, Abigail Doan, Jean-Jacques Du Plessis, Louise Eastman, Jonathan Fabricant, Elise Ferguson, Susan Martin, Joe Peppe, Mylene Pionilla, Wendy Small, Barb Smith, Russell Steinert, Janis Stemmermann, and Andy Yoder.

Photo courtesy of The Cape Ann Museum
Photo courtesy of The Cape Ann Museum

The Folly Cove Designers were an art and design collective that operated from 1939 -1968 in Cape Ann, Massachusetts. I came across their archive when visiting the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a collaborative printmaker, I was intrigued by how their simple format of carving and printing single color linoleum block prints brought together a community of artists and craftspeople that sustained them for so many years. I was very excited by this discovery and decided to invite a diverse group of creative practitioners from my own community to use the same approach at the Russell Janis studio.

Photos courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum
Photos courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum

To start the project, I retraced the steps with which the Folly Cove Designers made and printed their images. I carved my own image into a 12"x16" linoleum block and made several print tests, first on the floor, as illustrated by the Folly Cove Designer shown jumping on a block, and then onto the bed of my etching press. It became clear to me that the primary challenge for the artists in this project would be to create an image with a built in repeat function. As the project printmaker, I knew I wanted to print the blocks in repeat on large pieces of linen. When I was comfortable with each step of the process, I began to invite artists into the project to create their own images and carve their own blocks.

Creating an original image, carving the block, inking and printing onto Belgian linen
Creating an original image, carving the block, inking and printing onto Belgian linen

After all the work of the participating artists has been completed, we will host an exhibit at the Russell Janis project space in June 2017 to show the project in its entirety. Each artist's 12"x16" block will be printed in repeat on a 96"x48" panel of Belgian linen, which will be displayed from floor to ceiling in the space. An exhibition catalog will be created to feature each artist's work.

When the artist makes their final print they will be able to choose any color. Artist prints will be available in the style and color chosen by the artist only. All the artists blocks will be printed on the finest heavy weight Belgian linen. The sturdy printed linen can be used for wall hangings or home textiles. The oil based textile inks are light fast and can be dry cleaned.

 

Elise Ferguson, full panel and placemats
Elise Ferguson, full panel and placemats

 

 We appreciate your support for this project!

To support this project you can pre-order printed panels of the artist print of your choice. All the artist prints will be printed in a limited edition, details about the rewards options are below. You will be able to make your print selection from the 14 participating artists prints after the exhibit is up and you have received the catalog, in July 2017. Your selected print will then be made to order at the Russell Janis studio and sent to you by the end of October 2017. All the artist prints will be made in a limited edition

Your support for this project goes towards purchasing artist tools and blocks, printing inks, Belgian linen, exhibition catalogs and under paid project interns, spreading the word, as well as the continuation of future projects at Russell Janis.

THANK YOU!!!!!!

Exhibition catalog artist page mock up. Each artist will have 2 page spread featuring their linoleum block, single image placemat print, and image printed in a full repeat.
Exhibition catalog artist page mock up. Each artist will have 2 page spread featuring their linoleum block, single image placemat print, and image printed in a full repeat.

 

Artist Placemat Portfolio on Belgian linen sample
Artist Placemat Portfolio on Belgian linen sample

 

 

Print rewards
Print rewards

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS WORK IN PROCESS (Updated 6/6/17):

Peter Bregoli
Peter Bregoli

 

Abigail Doan
Abigail Doan

 

Jean Jacques du Plessis
Jean Jacques du Plessis

 

Louise Eastman
Louise Eastman
 
Jonathan Fabricant
Jonathan Fabricant

 

Elise Ferguson
Elise Ferguson

 

Susan Abbott Martin
Susan Abbott Martin

 

Joe Peppe
Joe Peppe

 

Mylene Pionilla
Mylene Pionilla

 

Wendy Small
Wendy Small

 

Barb Smith
Barb Smith

  

Russell Steinert
Russell Steinert

 

Janis Stemmermann
Janis Stemmermann

 

Andy Yoder
Andy Yoder

 

Russell Janis project space and studio
Russell Janis project space and studio

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Risks and challenges

With over 20 years of product development and production experience in printmaking and design, I am quite confident I will be able to deliver the finished goods as promised. I have already spent months researching and testing the process to feel confident in inviting artists to make prints, put up an exhibit, produce a catalog and print to order. All orders will be completed by the end of October 2017.
The main feature of this project is working with a community/group of artists, and the strict parameters of the project allows for this to be possible. All artists are currently working on their images and blocks, and are scheduled to complete their printing on time for our June 2017 exhibit.
I have successfully completed two other art and design based Kickstarter projects so far, and am confident that anyone who wishes to support this project will be pleased with the results.
Thank you!

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    Exhibition Catalog

    Exhibition catalog detailing each of the 14 participating artists' carved linoleum block, single block print, and repeat printed panel.

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    Artist Placemat Set

    A limited edition 8 piece placemat set by the artist of your choice.

    A set of 8 of the same print on 13x17" pieces of Belgian linen.

    You can make your selection by following the project on Kickstarter or wait for the the exhibition catalog. The exhibition catalog will feature each the 14 participating artists' work and will be sent to you by the end of July 2017. At that time you can review, and email us your print selection by Sept. 01, 2017. Your chosen print will be made to order and shipped by Oct. 30th, 2017.

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    Artist Placemat Portfolio

    Printed in a limited edition, this project portfolio along with an exhibition catalog, includes one print of each participating artists' block on a 13"x17" piece of Belgian linen.

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    Individual Artist/ 48"x48" Half Panel

    A limited edition printed panel by the artist of your choice. The 12"x16" linoleum block will be printed in repeat on a 48"x48" piece of Belgian linen.

    You can make your selection by following the project on Kickstarter or wait for the the exhibition catalog, featuring each the 14 participating artists' work, that will be sent to you by the end of July 2017. At that time you can review, and email us your print selection by Sept. 01, 2017. Your printed panel will be made to order and shipped by Oct. 30th, 2017.

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    Individual Artist/ 96"x48" Full Panel

    A limited edition printed panel by the artist of your choice. The 12"x16" linoleum block will be printed in repeat on a 96"x48" piece of Belgian linen.

    You can make your selection by following the project on Kickstarter or wait for the the exhibition catalog, featuring each the 14 participating artists' work, that will be sent to you by the end of July 2017. At that time you can review, and email us your print selection by Sept. 01, 2017. Your printed panel will be made to order and shipped by Oct. 30th, 2017.

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    Deluxe Set

    The deluxe set includes the Exhibition Catalog, A limited edition Artist Placemat Portfolio, and a limited edition Individual Artist/96"x48" Full Panel of your choice.

    You can make your selection by following the project on Kickstarter or wait for the the exhibition catalog, featuring each the 14 participating artists' work, that will be sent to you by the end of July 2017. At that time you can review, and email us your print selection by Sept. 01, 2017. Your printed panel will be made to order and shipped by Oct. 30th, 2017.

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