|Letterpress broadside by Katie Baldwin, 2011|
The original text was written in 2004 when I traveled to Japan for the first time. The text was created for the artist book Treasure, which was printed and published at the Women's Studio Workshop. In its entirety the text reads:
She had changed
her name to Treasure.
One Tuesday she made
And on Wednesday
she made it official--
she would leave.
Now looking back, she
could not figure out
moment when she did
This much she knows:
it did not happen in the air,
on the ground,
This land was made of fire.
And she found it everywhere.
When I wrote this text I was thinking about how people are changed by their experiences in the world. In this poem, the main character is changed by things that are both physical and tangible: the ground that she walks on is unstable and it affects her deeply. The imagery for this broadside was originally developed for a print I did in mokuhanga titled: Throwing Our Things In The River Below. I adapted aspects of the original print for this broadside because the whale emerging from the water created a visual analogue with the printed text.
This broadside began with the carving of the cloud shape out of linoleum. The linoleum was mounted on wood in order to make it type-high, locked up and printed on a Vandercook number 4.
|Lock-up on the Vandercook. (Photo credit: Sarah Alfarhan.)|
|First layer printed in silver. (Photo credit: Sarah Alfarhan.)|
|Proofing the first polymer plate. (Photo credit: Sarah Alfarhan.)|
|The four sections of the image are printed. Printing the text is next. (Photo credit: Sarah Alfarhan.)|
|Final printed layer. (Photo credit: Sarah Alfarhan.)|
|My painting station at the Vermont Studio Center.|