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2009 Anniversary Print by Yoshiko Yamamoto
Special Anniversary Year Price $50
A limited edition 12.5" x 17.5" block print of the Log House at Craftsman Farms as seen from the stone steps. Commissioned by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in honor of the 2011 centennial of the Log House, this work was created by Yoshiko Yamamoto the Arts & Crafts Press on an archival-quality, acid-free paper. Only 500 prints were made, all numbered and signed by the artist.
$190 (member’s price: $181)
Entitled In the Girls Bedroom, this screen print was designed and executed by Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Dorothy Markert in January 2005. It was produced in an edition of 100 on fawn-colored Stonehenge 100% rag paper and printed by the artist with non-toxic water based inks. The size of the print is 9 x 12 inches.
It shows a view of the newly restored girls’ bedroom at Craftsman Farms. The design features an informal bouquet of just-picked roses from Stickley’s garden, placed in a Grueby vase and set on a round oak table original to the room. The roses are reflected in the mirror on the girls’ closet door. A writing desk and willow chair are also seen.
In the early 1900s, yellow roses were a symbol for women’s rights. Yellow roses played a part in the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The yellow roses are repeated in the lower border, which evokes Arts and Crafts friezes and embroidery patterns of the era. The border also suggests the idea of bringing the outside indoors.
About the Artist: Dorothy Markert was born and raised in Kearny, New Jersey, and attended the Traphagen Art School and the Art Students’ League in New York City, as well as the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts. She now lives in western New York State.
The Technique: The screen print, also known as a silk screen or serigraph, is an image made with one or more stencils fixed on a fabric screen which permits the ink to pass through. Areas that are not to receive ink are blocked out. With brush and pen, the compositions are painted onto the printing screens with a fluid that resists the block-out which is later spread over the entire screen. Five, six or more screens may be prepared for the separate colors of each image.
The print paper is placed under the prepared screen and the ink is drawn across the entire screen with a rubber squeegee. This forces the ink onto the paper in the desired areas. For each color to be printed a separate stencil is made on a screen. The screens and the paper must line up perfectly to insure good registration. Rich, matte-finish saturated color is used to carefully hand print each stencil onto 100% rag heavy printing paper.
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25 November 2015
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