art for sustenance // original linocut prints

Wisconsin, United States · 252 Sales


art for sustenance // original linocut prints

Wisconsin, United States 252 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Erin Jorgensen

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Erin Jorgensen

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I'm gearing up for a move this summer and to lighten my load, all items in my shop are 30% off with free domestic (USA) shipping! This offer is for a limited time.
I'll be giving away an original linocut print this week through Instagram! Follow me @driftlesserin and @driftlessmakers for more info. The giveaway package also includes handmade items from two other local makers. Enter before 5/3!
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I am an artist living in the La Crosse area, currently focusing on relief printmaking. I studied art at Luther College and have continued making prints in my home studio since then.

Relief printmaking has always held some magic for me. It allows for controlled and detailed work, but there is always an element of surprise and unpredictability when a newly carved block is printed and the image is reversed, with the negative space turned into positive. My prints are made by carving a design into a flat block of linoleum, inking the raised surface, pressing paper onto it, and pulling the paper off to reveal the carved image in reverse. The process can be very simple, like using a stamp, or it can be very complex, involving multiple blocks and colors and burnishing methods. I use my hands and a hand-held burnishing tool to press the paper against the block, instead of using a mechanical press. My prints are mostly open-edition, meaning I don't set a limit to how many prints I will make from a carved block. This has given me some freedom to experiment with different colors and papers, revisit old imagery in new ways, and sell prints on demand.

Before carving a linoleum block, I usually start with a drawing. I draw either on paper or directly on the block and let it evolve from there. I work with it until it makes a successful image or conveys the feeling or concept that I am looking for. If it's not successful as a whole, I look for successful elements or reference points from which to build. I am very process-oriented. When creating imagery, I usually decide what to do along the way, rather than plan it all out from the start. My imagery is imaginative and intuitive, but also borrows heavily from observations of the natural world. The images in my prints and drawings are influenced by my environment and community as much as by my own imagination. Artwork is communication with the world around me and a way to touch upon the profound aspects of everyday life.

Locally, you can find my prints at Nisse House of Art in Westby, Wisconsin and at People's Food Coop in La Crosse. I occasionally have a presence at regional art fairs. As I settle into my home studio and build healthy art practices, my goal is to have more work accessible locally and online.

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  • Erin

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    I live in the beautiful Driftless region of the Midwest. I started to learn block printmaking as an art major at Luther College in Iowa, and have been self-teaching since then.

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Last updated on 09 April, 2018

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CUSTOM ORDERS: if you are interested in a custom order or request, please contact me and I can let you know if it is something I can do. Current turnaround time for custom prints may be between a couple of weeks to a couple of months, depending on the print size and other time commitments that I may have.

I am often asked if I can make a print in a different size than is offered in a listing. For hand-printed linocuts, generally I cannot because each block is carved by hand and the prints made from it are limited to the size of the block (unlike digitally reproduced prints). I can, however, offer prints in custom colors or print on a specific paper size. Please contact me with questions or requests.