Liv Rainey-Smith's Profile

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Portland artist Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in the superannuated art of hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her unique woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. Each print is an original impression direct from the hand-carved woodblock. Her prints are created primarily with cotton rag paper, although she also works with genuine animal skin parchment and has recently begun altering her prints with mineral pigments and gilding. She draws inspiration from early woodcuts, folklore, dreams, nightmares, and esoteric traditions.

Rainey-Smith was introduced to the art of printmaking at the Oregon College of Art & Craft where she received her BFA in 2008. Her woodcut illustrations have graced the pages of volumes published by Three Hands Press, Rubedo Press, PS Publishing, and others, and two of her…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 17
  • Joined June 9, 2008

Favorite materials

woodblock, oil based ink, Rives BFK, bronze, sterling silver, gold, gemstones, leather

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Xylographilia
The Love of Woodcuts

About

Portland artist Liv Rainey-Smith specializes in the superannuated art of hand-pulled xylographic prints. Her unique woodcut process incorporates a mixture of traditional and modern tools as well as a blend of European and Japanese printmaking technique. Each print is an original impression direct from the hand-carved woodblock. Her prints are created primarily with cotton rag paper, although she also works with genuine animal skin parchment and has recently begun altering her prints with mineral pigments and gilding. She draws inspiration from early woodcuts, folklore, dreams, nightmares, and esoteric traditions.

Rainey-Smith was introduced to the art of printmaking at the Oregon College of Art & Craft where she received her BFA in 2008. Her woodcut illustrations have graced the pages of volumes published by Three Hands Press, Rubedo Press, PS Publishing, and others, and two of her four-print series "The Four Portlanders of the Apocalypse" may be glimpsed in Episode 2, Season 7 of "Portlandia."

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