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Exploring Monoprinting with Jacob Meders
Join us for a unique printmaking class that combines the spontaneous energy of painting with the beauty of ink and paper! This workshop teaches introductory monoprinting skills, including print techniques that will bring your photo-based images into the print medium. During the class you will make an image by painting ink on to a plexiglass plate, add detail by wiping or scratching away ink, and use a press to transfer your inked image to paper.
This technique can be used to create a singular image, or to add color, texture, or depth to an existing print. Unlike most other printmaking techniques, no two monoprints are alike, thereby creating an original artwork with every pass through the printing press.
Participants are encouraged to bring photographs to use as a guide in creating their imagery for this workshop. By placing a print under their plexiglass plate before inking, they can trace the image with ink to create a painterly facsimile, or use a sharp metal tool to create incisions that will add consistent linework to the prints they make.
Meders has over 10 years of experience teaching printmaking, drawing and color theory to help you develop skills and enhance your artistic process. Because what you create is entirely up to you, Exploring Monoprinting can be as easy or challenging as you decide. Beginner printmakers are welcome!
All materials are included in registration.
Jacob Meders is a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, California. He presently lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacob possesses a BFA in painting with a minor in printmaking from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA in printmaking at Arizona State University. In 2011 Jacob established WarBird Press, a fine art printmaking studio that he operates as the Master Printmaker in Phoenix, AZ. Currently Jacob also is an Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance at Arizona State University, Glendale, AZ.
His work is collected by major universities and other institutions in the United States and internationally. Jacob has also gained recognition as an influential public speaker and has traveled nationally and internationally to speak on topics within the indigenous contemporary art world.
Jacob’s work focuses on altered perceptions of place, culture, and identity built on the assimilation and homogenization of indigenous peoples. This work reexamines varied documentations of Native Americans through printing processes that hold on to stereotypical ideas and how they have affected the culture of the native people. Using bookforms and prints as a symbol of western knowledge and the linear mind, Jacob deploys them as a vehicle to challenge new perceptions of Native Americans.