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Hello, my name is Lana Lambert and I live in the countryside of Nelson County in Virginia. I graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C. and immediately set about gathering a family of antiquated press equipment around me. I practice the techniques of Japanese Woodblock Printing or Moku Hanga. My husband and I drove to Niagra Falls to pick up my C&P Pilot press and we also acquired a Vandercook from a retired letterpressman in West VA. My press name is a tribute to Pistol my pet ferret whose tenacity is a life lesson.
Just a little about the sections in my store:

"Moku Hanga" is the japanese technique of woodblock printing. What mainly sets it apart from western printing techniques are two things. Number one is the use of rice paste as a vehicle for the ink and number two is the use of a small bamboo burnishing device called a baren…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 22
  • Joined April 18, 2006

Favorite materials

letterpress, mokuhanga, gouache, watercolour, woodblock, relief, bookbinding

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About

Hello, my name is Lana Lambert and I live in the countryside of Nelson County in Virginia. I graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in D.C. and immediately set about gathering a family of antiquated press equipment around me. I practice the techniques of Japanese Woodblock Printing or Moku Hanga. My husband and I drove to Niagra Falls to pick up my C&P Pilot press and we also acquired a Vandercook from a retired letterpressman in West VA. My press name is a tribute to Pistol my pet ferret whose tenacity is a life lesson.
Just a little about the sections in my store:

"Moku Hanga" is the japanese technique of woodblock printing. What mainly sets it apart from western printing techniques are two things. Number one is the use of rice paste as a vehicle for the ink and number two is the use of a small bamboo burnishing device called a baren instead of a 1200 lb iron press. What you receive when you buy a Moku Hanga print from me is an image that was sketched out by me first, transferred via carbon paper to the block, carved out by hand, and then printed using the Moku Hanga method all by me.

My "Oil Based Prints" are printed on my C&P Pilot press or on my Vandercook. The same process applies to the prints pulled by this method except we use the big guns and the oily ink instead of the baren and the rice paste. My father was a diesel mechanic and I think that is where I get my affection for this equipment from. The Pilot has a mind of its own and requires patience and sweet talking to get the impression right. The Vandercook is an old lady from the 1920's and very low tech as they were just being constructed. Registration can be a bear as there are no registration clamps that those models are revered for. She can't help it. She was made before that concept came along!

Every once and again I will get a wild hair and make a new "Tree Book" but they are few and far between. I have had surgery to reattach both my retinas and such work can be very strenuous.

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