I’ll be showing at one of my very favorite places in Seattle, Gargoyles Statuary, in just a little over one wee.! I’m still selecting art for the show and framing, but I will be debuting certain new weird fiction inspired works there. I’ll only be attending the opening reception on the 19th, but the art will hang through August 14th. Hope to see you there!
As of a few days ago, I am in full-on prep mode for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. So what is pre-show prep? As you’ve already seen I carved and printed a woodcut for the Kickstarter. I’m currently waiting on a final count so that I can sign and number the appropriate amount of Magna Mater Maris prints. Those prints will then need certificates, bagging and boarding, and delivery to the festival.
I’m also working my way through the inventory I’ll be taking and making sure I have things properly packaged and priced. I also need to gather together displays and make sure I have all the proper parts for them. Electrical components, such as lamps, need to be checked to make sure they’re working. My Square inventory needs to be updated with new items so the checkout process can run smoothly.
I’m also making a few upgrades to better display some pieces. The color Cthulandia prints in particular now have black 11×14″ mats around them. They’re really gorgeous hand-colored woodcut prints, and they’ve been ignored a bit because it’s easy for 8×10″s to get shuffled in with larger prints and then just not seen. To that end, I’m also finished some of my parchment screen prints and mounting them on boards that are a bit larger than they are. Finishing of these prints is mostly a matter of trimming. I’ll be leaving natural edges mostly alone, but when pieces are rectangular, I like to even out the edges.
I’m once again thrilled to be creating a limited edition woodcut print for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. You can purchase it as part of their Kickstarter and help make the Festival amazing! The woodcut prints I create for the HPLFF are typically limited to just enough for everyone who ordered one, plus a couple extras in case of accidental loss. Although I do sometimes print second editions, supporting the festival is the only way to definitely get your hands on a signed and numbered first edition.
Since the Festival this year is Innsmouth themed, and I’ve already created a Dagon, I’m creating an icon of his counterpart, Mother Hydra. I’ve used the double tailed mermaid form since it is typically associated with the more dangerous forms of mermaids, and am creating a symbolic border using the vesica pisces shape.
Carving has just begun so I’ll be posting progress photos regularly. Enjoy!
This is the book cover art I recently finished! I wasn’t expecting it to go public quite so soon, but now that it is, I’ll be sharing process photos. Text, layout, and color are the work of Matthew Bright.
Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Histories
Edited by Nate Pedersen
Available in October
In churches and convents and other religious communities, sisterhood takes many forms, forged and tested by such mundane threats as disease and despair, but also by terrors both spiritual and cosmic—Satan’s subtle minions and the Lovecraftian nightmare of the Outer Gods. Sisterhood: Dark Tales and Secret Historiespresents sixteen horror stories by some of the genre’s leading female voices. Their settings range around the globe and across the centuries, from 14th century Spain to 17th century Virginia to England in the present day.
Contributors include such award-winning and critically acclaimed authors as Nadia Bulkin, Livia Llewellyn, Molly Tanzer, Sun Yung Shin, Gemma Files, Kaaron Warren, Damien Angelica Walters, and Selena Chambers. With original cover art by Liv Rainey-Smith.
Table of Contents:
“The Wine of Men” by Ann K. Schwader
“From an Honest Sister, to a Neglected Daughter” by Monica Valentinelli
“Étaín and the Unholy Ghosts” by Lisa Morton
“The Barefoot Sisters of Saint Beatriz of the Mountain” by Kali Wallace
“Unburdened Flesh” by Penelope Love
“Only Dead Men Do Not Lie: The Trials of the Formosans” by Kaaron Warren
“Jane, Jamestown, The Starving Time” by Sun Yung Shin
“Dorcas and Ann: A True Story” by Molly Tanzer
“The Resurrected” by S. P. Miskowski
“The Low, Dark Edge of Life” by Livia Llewellyn
“The Anchoress” by Lynda E. Rucker
“Siūlais ir Kraujo ir Kaulų (Of Thread and Blood and Bone)” by Damien Angelica Walters
“Gravity Wave” by Nadia Bulkin
“The Veils of Sanctuary” by Selena Chambers
“The Sisters of Epione” by Alison Littlewood
“Red Words” by Gemma Files
Here’s a summary of what is similar between the two formats:
Both are handmade processes & can have minor variations due to the vagaries of wood and inking.
Both are almost entirely made by me. (I sometimes have an assistant tear paper, carry prints to the drying rack, and help clean up.)
Both are made with archival inks, though not the same ink. Both are inspected for quality & packaged with acid free polybags & mats.
Woodcut is the original artwork and is considered a fine art print.
My woodcut prints are signed by me, and typically limited in edition size.
My woodcuts on paper are printed with enough pressure to slightly emboss the paper, which gives them a subtle visual effect that simply doesn’t translate well to photos and scans. The papers I use are archival quality and typically hand-torn instead of cut.
Woodcuts are much slower to print than screen prints. Wood wears down over time, and I use a soft carving wood, so I can only pull so many prints from the woodcut.
Screen prints (as I make them) are reproductions based on the original woodcuts.
The art is altered to better suit the wood veneer I print on, and also scaled down.
The ink applied to the wood does not get embossed.
Wood veneer is not technically considered archival, though it should be long lasting.
Screen prints are faster to produce and are unsigned. When the screen wears out, I can make new screens and continue printing as many as I want.
The Outer Dark Symposium of the Greater Weird
I’ll be heading to San Jose, California this weekend to participate in The Outer Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird. For those not familiar with The Outer Dark, it is a podcast devoted to weird fiction. It is hosted by Scott Nicolay with Justin Steele, and Anya Martin. The bulk of the show is interviews with writers, editors, publishers, and artists in working in the realm of weird fiction; though they also periodically record and share relevant panel discussions. (Including one I participated in last year, Women in Weird Fiction.) The Symposium itself will be aired on future episodes of The Outer Dark, the official schedule is over 8 hours of panels and readings, so I suspect it will be spread over 4 or more episodes.
Although Symposium memberships are now sold out, if you’re in the area you can get a taste of the events with the Friday night Word Horde readings featuring Rios de la Luz, Michael Griffin, Scott R Jones, & Tiffany Scandal. Hosted by Ross E. Lockhart. See the Facebook event page for details.
West Coast Haunters Con
April 13-15th in Portland, Oregon, I’ll be vending at the West Coast Haunter’s Convention, an event dedicated to the art of creating professional and amateur haunted attractions. This will be my first time vending at the event and as a lifelong fan of physical effects and creature characters, I’m excited to be next to the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. From what I’ve seen on social media, they’re usually do some amazing demos at events.
Beyond April, most of my schedule is not yet set in stone. May 20th is the planned launch date for the book I spent much of 2016 and 2018 creating woodcuts for, so after that date I’ll be free to exhibit and edition those woodcuts as I see fit. I will be sharing info on the title as soon as it is officially announced, until then, I’ve got editions to plan.
Enamel pin update
The Red Cthulhu enamel pins should be completed and ready to ship later next week. I expect to have the Phoenix done shortly afterwards, and the Babalon pin will be the last of the 3. If you ordered any these pins, I’ll be shipping yours as soon as all pins in your order are completed. All three pins are still available for preorder via my Etsy shop.
As an added bonus, I am taking part of Etsy’s Spring sale event March 22-29th. All bookmarks, cards, enamel pins, screen prints, and magnets are 15% off throughout.
At last, new enamel pins are in the works! I’m hitting you with 3 designs this time: Babalon, Phoenix, and Cthulhu. All are based on my original woodcut art. Like my other enamel pins, they will be made with nickel-free finishes, and two pin posts with butterfly clutches. Read on for specifics regarding each pin:
BABALON: Due to the level of detail involved in 8 heads on 1 pin, this will be my largest enamel pin to date (1.5 x 1.5 inches) and priced accordingly. I’ve opted for a black metal finish to more closely mimic the original woodcut. Please note, once I get to the the point of starting die production, I may find out the outer lines of this pin need to be altered with some filled space, similar to that currently between the Beast’s head and Babalon’s chalice hand. I will share updates if major design changes are necessary. $18
PHOENIX: With 8 colors, this will be my most colorful pin to date! At 1.25 wide the Phoenix will be at the same scale as the majority of my previous pins. My plan is for the area between the head and wings to be cut out, though there is some possibility I may need to alter the design when we get to the die stage. I will share updates if major design changes are necessary. $15
CTHULHU: I’ve always been partial to red for Cthulhu since it is a natural color for Humboldt (Devil) Squid, and the Giant Pacific Octopus. Now that my original run of traditional green Cthulhu pins is sold out, I’m making a single batch of “Red Devil Squid” pins. Depending on preorders, I’ll be making 100 to 200 pins. In addition to the new color scheme I’m adding a 2nd pin post to the back! There will be no design changes to this pin since the die is already made. 1.25 inches tall. $15
Estimated delivery date on all pins: late March or early April.
Preorder by March 1st and save $5 off each pin because early orders help me make the right amount of pins!
When you order pins direct from me, they’ll be packaged in paper jewelry boxes with a paper ribbon, so they’re ready for gift-giving! I even color coordinate the ribbons so you won’t have to guess at which is in which box. (International customers, please note, rather than charge you a whole lot more for shipping, I combine pins into single boxes. It’s not as pretty, but it saves you a lot of money.)
Not certain you want to preorder? Please take a look at my other pins and the feedback on them, I’ve got a great record on pin quality, and I aim to keep it.
Join me this Friday, December 15th 2017, at Gargoyles Statuary for the Darkest Winter opening reception from 6-9pm. Darkest Winter features a number of new woodcut prints, plus the first showing of an original Lux Stellarum artist proof (above).
If Lux Stellarum seems familiar, it was previously released as a small letterpress holiday card from Three Hands Press. A limited number of letterpress impressions were also released as numbered prints. I’m pleased to finally be sharing one of the original woodcuts upon which the cards were based. I’ve hand-tinted it with a variety of naturally occurring minerals, plus a modern version of Mayan blue, and gilded portions with 12, 21, and 24k gold. I hope you’ll have the opportunity to see it in person, because the photo doesn’t quite do it justice!
Gargoyles Statuary is located at:
4550 University Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Get out of the house and see some art in person!
Bite Studio First Friday Group Show
One night only! Featuring art from members of Bite Studio. I will be hanging a handful of framed serigraphs and have a few unframed prints on hand as well. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend because I will be setting up for the da Vinci Show
December 1st, 6pm-10pm
2000 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
da Vinci Arts Sale
One day only! I’ll be there from 10am-4pm with everything from bookmarks to framed art. This is my last big Portland event for the year and I’ll be taking as much as I can with me, so come see what wonders await you!
December 2nd, 10am-4pm
da Vinci Arts Middle School
2508 NE Everett St.
Portland, OR 97232
New xylograph and serigraph prints by Liv Rainey-Smith.
Opening December 15th at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle from 6-9pm.
I’m thrilled to once more be having a solo show at Gargoyles, and I’ve been working on some special pieces to debut there. I will be attending the opening, so I hope to see some of my favorite Seattle folks there!
Etsy is having a special promotion running through the end of November, as part of this event, I am offering 20% off all cards, bookmarks, pins, screen prints, and magnets. You don’t need to do anything special to get the sale price, just place your order before the end of the month!
Not sure what to give? Krampus pins have been a hit this year and I ship them boxed with a paper ribbon bow as in the photo to the right. They’re gift ready — as are all of my lapel pins when you order them via my Etsy shop.
Each has a different ribbon color so if you order several you don’t need to open them to figure out which is which. Fizzgig for example, has a light sage green ribbon. Raven is packaged in black. Speaking of the Raven, the pins I’m now offering are a new batch with TWO pin posts instead of one. No more rotating Raven pins! I’ve also updated the enamel colors with a new darker red and blue.
Want to give some affordable art? I’ve been working on new serigraphs printed on an assortment of sustainably harvested wood veneers. (All grown here in the USA.) Hare is the latest available on 8×10″ birch, birdseye maple, cherry, and maple.
I also have an old favorite, the Stag drying right now, shipping will begin on 11/29/17. I’ve also been adding more $10 5×7″ screen print options including: Ardor and Krampus. All of the screen prints fit standard frame sizes and look great framed without glass.
Last but not least, I’ve just screen printed a fresh batch of Gruss vom Krampus cards, and am even offering a You’d Better Watch Out krampus card this year! Please note, because my cards are handmade, quantities available are limited.
This is just a small array of the art I create, so please take some time to browse the Xylographilia shop, and message me if you don’t see what you’re looking for!