Marian Short's Profile

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In the second grade I vowed to become a children’s picture book author when I grew up. Career meandering aside, I still hold this memory dear. My lifetime enthusiasm for picture books informs my printmaking: I use text and image in woodblock designs to create tantalizing partial narratives, which have been variously called “clever,” “quirky,” “playful,” and “off-kilter.” They definitely reflect my sense of humor – I know a sketch holds potential if it makes me laugh as I doodle.

I welcome the random characters that pop into my head -- usually armed with some equally random aside – but the past few years have been dominated by just two: Cakeasaurus and the young boy who catches the monster in his cake-stealing act. I have been drawing, carving, and printing individual pages of my picture book project – and making them available for sale here, as I have finished them. This had…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 2
  • Joined March 23, 2008

Favorite materials

oil based ink, mulberry papers, glass beads with opalescent finishes, velvet

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In the second grade I vowed to become a children’s picture book author when I grew up. Career meandering aside, I still hold this memory dear. My lifetime enthusiasm for picture books informs my printmaking: I use text and image in woodblock designs to create tantalizing partial narratives, which have been variously called “clever,” “quirky,” “playful,” and “off-kilter.” They definitely reflect my sense of humor – I know a sketch holds potential if it makes me laugh as I doodle.

I welcome the random characters that pop into my head -- usually armed with some equally random aside – but the past few years have been dominated by just two: Cakeasaurus and the young boy who catches the monster in his cake-stealing act. I have been drawing, carving, and printing individual pages of my picture book project – and making them available for sale here, as I have finished them. This had been going along slowly – as expected. Oddly enough, it took motherhood for me to speed this up. Once pregnant, I knew I was on “borrowed time” – plus, at a certain point, I couldn’t reach the table to carve* Now that the baby is one year old, we’re in a veritable race. How much more can I get done before she’s a walker?? We’re in the home stretch, folks. I have less than ten pages left. And then we shift gears to packager, to finesse, and most importantly, to secure a publisher! …In the meantime, get yourself a pre-book woodblock print!

All the prints you see are of my own design, from the first doodle, to carving, inking, and hand-printing (barren/wooden spoon) or individually pulled from a wheeled Conrad press. I use printing details for my handmade cards, combined with fine decorative papers.

I have been printmaking since 1999; have exhibited locally (incl. the Ann Arbor Art Center, University of Michigan Hospital’s “Gifts of Art” program); and am occasionally lured into alternative craft shows and home shows.

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