For the last year and a half, Dave and I have been working on some fine art collaborations as well as our jewelry. I started getting involved with printmaking again after making some linoleum cut holiday cards with my partner, Ron. This grew into a series of hand water-colored relief prints, some reduction relief prints (one block printed many times, changing the block for each layer), and now a group of richly layered bases that I send to Dave in Santa Fe. There in his studio, he sits with them, until he decides what to add that will transform them into something new. Sometimes his work finishes the piece and sometimes he sends them back to me for more work. It’s a lot like the way that we develop the jewelry.
We showed the first group of 40, 8 x 10″ print/paintings along with our jewelry at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco in May 2009. To get 40 finished pieces (that we could agree on), we made over 150. We think the back and forth dialogue with the print/paintings is as interesting as the jewelry collaborations that we’ve made for the last 21 years.
There is an opening tonight at Snyderman/Works gallery in Philadelphia of our jewelry and print/painting collaborations. It’s also the opening of their Fiber Biennial show, so I expect a crowd in spite of the coming blizzard.