Hi, I'm Charles Woodruff Coates, a recent Master of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Arizona School of Art, with a specialization in Printmaking. I have been awarded a one month residency at The Vermont Studio Center, and I'm going to use the studio there to produce a new series of woodcut prints. I'm raising funds to pay for the cost of materials and travel expenses to New England. The materials will be used to create monumental woodcuts!
Residency centers exist to provide time and space for artists to focus, produce work, and conduct research outside the routine of daily life. They are incredibly inspiring, allowing artists to travel to new places, work with new materials, and collaborate with other artists in a multicultural environment.
My process begins with drawing the image on a blank piece of wood. Then I carve out the image using a combination of traditional Japanese printmaking tools, along with western carving tools such as dremels, or anything that creates a unique mark! After the image is carved into the block, the surface of the wood is inked. Paper is then applied to the surface of the block and through the pressure of hand rubbing, ink is transferred from the block to the paper, resulting in an original hand-pulled print.
I look to the past to help understand and make sense of the growing relationship between our bodies and portable devices. This is one reason why I am drawn to the process of woodcut printmaking; the woodcut is the ancestor of social networking, yet it still remains as a powerful form of visual communication today.
A fellowship at The Vermont Studio Center is a huge honor. All funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase materials specific for this series of prints and travel costs. No matter what amount you pledge, you will receive a signed, hand-printed woodcut, exclusive to the series. Thank you for your consideration and support!
For more examples of my artwork, visit my website: http://cwoodruffcoates.com
Risks and challenges
In order to manage the risk of potential un-fulfillment of gifted prints, I have placed a cap on the number of prints available for award. This cap is realistic in terms of what I know I can deliver as an artist, and also turns each print into part of a limited-edition available only to those who support the project on kickstarter. Therefore, the final edition number of each suite of prints will be determined by the number of backers for each reward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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