handmade print exhibit

hand-printing exhibit

Yesterday was a mostly grey, dreary day but so super exciting for me, personally.  That is because yesterday (drumroll) I along with three of my students hung our very own handmade prints up for display!

The exhibit was a result of the hand-printing class I taught at the end of last year.  We covered stenciling, hand-carving stamps and screen printing.  It was obvious that what we were making deserved to be showcased.  hand-printing class

The lovely folks at the Main Street building I use to for my classes, agreed to let us display in their big front window facing the town’s main street.  Whoever was available gathered yesterday to hang them up.  We are gangbusters, aren’t we? I am just a wee bit proud of this endeavor.  By that I mean, I’m hugely proud.

prepping for the exhibit

We started by putting all of the prints in embroidery hoops and glueing them in place (I illustrate at the end of this tutorial). Then someone had the great idea to tape two back-to-back making them reversible…with different prints visible from inside the building and outside the building.  Genius, right?

the prints from hand-print exhibit

Look at all those amazing prints!  Really, it was such a pleasure to be involved in such a creative and energetic making process.  Many of the prints are very subtle and soft and I think reflect the quiet, everyday, imaginative moments for many of us.  In the window they hang pretty quietly as well…but so beautifully.

exhibit collage

I am not going to lie, I’m craning my neck every time I go by and smiling every time. And, I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one finding reasons to admire the window.  Sometimes we are just moms making it happen and then sometimes we are rockstar screen printers displaying our hearts out! Remember how I’m looking for courage?  I think I got this one.

10 Comments on handmade print exhibit

  1. Courtney
    January 14, 2014 at 11:12 pm (4 years ago)

    How awesome! Congrats on your first exhibit!

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    • Melissa Q.
      January 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Courtney. So fun! I was encouraged by your exhibit last year.

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    • Melissa Q.
      January 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh, thank you friend. It was fun…getting a little artsy.

      Reply
  2. amy
    January 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm (4 years ago)

    SO SO wonderful!!! how exciting.

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    • Melissa Q.
      January 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Amy! You know it was a big deal.

      Reply
  3. Erika Arenger
    January 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

    So awesome Melissa! You and your craftiness add such a positive energy in this town:-)

    Reply
  4. melintheattic
    January 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm (4 years ago)

    A true artist! Make your own exhibit. I love it. Rock on.

    Reply
    • Melissa Q.
      January 20, 2014 at 9:40 am (4 years ago)

      🙂 Thank you, friend.

      Reply

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