Another day of "Oregon Sunshine', that means rain, showers and rain with lightning later on. Winter is stubbornly holding on to the sky and we wait somewhat patiently for some actual sunlight. When it does appear, you can hear the doors opening and folks flooding outside to be drenched it its warmth. It makes for such a treat we really can appreciate.
The woodblock in the foreground is the next to be printed, but I wanted to show what the block looks like with its beautiful carved surface before it is inked. As you can see, some of the images are emerging beyond the border. At first the border was a way to frame the images, and as a way of expressing how I did not want to and could not really afford to spend money with any kind of confidence, but as the year went by and the economic situation of the US became slightly better, it seemed that it was appropriate the fortress of a wall surrounding the image could be broken and interrupted.
Here are some photos of the individual purses in this collection that are complete and ready to ship out!
The next three in the series are already printed in black and await the background color. I used the reverse side of each block for the warm mahogany color, carving out the shape of the purse, so that only the background color would print. Each purse has a trace of the background color woven through its textural design, just as the background has these traces from the image block. I like recognizing the character of the wood and the aspects of carving.