March news

Woodblocks side by sideHi, everyone!

I have exciting news to share. First, since returning from PantheaCon in San Jose last month, I’ve been busily carving a few new blocks, most of which will be a new series of work. At the moment I can’t reveal much about the contents, but here’s a small teaser for you. (Note, you’re actually looking at two blocks here, the one on the right is further along and has been inked and proofed for the first time.)

Speaking of new work, fans of the Arcanum Bestiarum illustrations will be happy to learn the Raven is now available as a bookmark! Each one is laser printed on one- or two-ply natural wood veneer and measures 6 x 2 inches. They retail for $4 each and are available in a wide variety of different woods all of which are sustainably harvested in the USA. I’m extremely happy with how the bookmarks have turned out and am planning on creating more.

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And now onto upcoming events …

Coming up on March 7th and 8th is the 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell at Buckman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. This two-day event will feature the work of 140 artists and craftspersons offering original artwork, furniture, jewelry, textiles, and more. Thirty percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Buckman Arts Focus Elementary School PTA to go toward the purchase of essential supplies for Buckman’s arts-integrated classrooms, with the remaining 70% going directly to the participating artists. In lieu of an admission fee, attendees can make a suggested donation of $2 – $5 at the door. Children four and under get in free– and can make some art of their own while there! Follow the Buckman Art Show on Facebook and Twitter for additional details, and I hope to see you there!

Next up, at 5:00 PM on April 3rd is the opening night reception of Visionary Art by Print Arts Northwest. This event will kick off an exhibition exploring themes including transcendence, mysticism, spirituality, and the natural elements. Visionary Art is scheduled to run through April 22nd at Lake Oswego’s Museum 510. For more information, visit the Arts Council of Lake Oswego’s events calendar.

The Lovecraft fans among you will want to mark CthulhuCon PDX down on your calendars. Join me April 25th & 26th at Crowne Plaza in Portland, Oregon for a convention celebrating Lovecraft’s 125th birthday year, complete with art, film, music, and panels. The following month, the Los Angeles edition of the popular H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival comes to San il_570xN.681900502_d67mPedro, California for its sixth year running. Festival-goers can play games, enjoy the live radio theatre production The Shadow Over Innsmouth, watch short films, and meet guest authors, directors, and artists.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival San Pedro is only one of several upcoming events outside of Portland, so if you live elsewhere in the U.S. I encourage you to check out my events page. I just may be visiting your neighborhood in the near future, be it at NecronomiCon in Providence, Rhode Island, or my solo show at Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle, Washington beginning July 17th.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Inside the Starry Wisdom Library

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BACKGROUND

Regular readers of my blog are likely aware of my contributions to P.S. Publishing’s Starry Wisdom Library. This unique volume, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter of the Dark”, is a facsim

ile auction catalog consisting of lots from the fictitious Church of Starry Wisdom’s extensive library of occult literature. On the book’s official website, editor Nate Pedersen poses these questions:

What if, on the eve of disbanding, the Church of Starry Wisdom organized a rare book auction of the various tomes in their collection? What if the accompanying auction catalogue was privately published and privately circulated, disappearing for over a century until its recent rediscovery in the archives of Miskatonic University? What if we could read the 1877 original today?

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A detail of the block for “She Who Binds the Dead in Chains.”

 

The answers are contained in the pages of The Starry Wisdom Library. Convincingly modeled after an 19th century auction catalog, the book contains descriptions of the most valuable editions in the Church’s library, a collection of forty-four illuminating essays by “learned personages” of occult literature, and a series of six original woodcut illustrations by yours truly.

Enthusiasts of Lovecraft will recognize their favorite Mythos titles—such as “De Vermis Mysteriis,” “Pnakotic Manuscripts,” and the “Necronomicon”—in the summary of lots, each accompanied by a detailed essay from contemporary horror luminaries including Nick Matamas, Molly Tanzer, and Joe Pulver. Interspersed with these scholarly expositions are the half dozen woodcuts created exclusively for The Starry Wisdom Library, depicting characters and creatures both directly and indirectly from Lovecraft’s oeuvre: Tsathoggua devouring human sacrifices, the Scorpion Goddess and her mate Nekhebkau torturing the damned, Xolotl assisting a departed man along his passage into the afterlife, and the King in Yellow beckoning from the shore of Lake Hali. The result is “an enormously valuable and fascinating piece of ephemera detailing the infamous collection of rare occult books in all of its dark and foreboding glory.”

Coloring "El Que Protege El Camino."

Coloring “El Que Protege El Camino.”

REVIEWS

TeleRead user Paul St. John Mackintosh pronounces The Starry Wisdom Library “the weirdest book I’ve read of late, and I say that as a regular reviewer of weird fiction.” He continues, “The quality of the design and production is matched by the attention to detail in the catalog entries, which frame each bizarre imagined history of the volume in question with a persuasively accurate physical description.”

Reviewer David Goudsward agrees: “The book’s graphic design and six large illustrations perfectly evoke the funereal undercurrent of high Victorianism.”

PURCHASE

The Starry Wisdom Library can be purchased directly from P.S. Publishing and retails for £20 (or about US$30.25).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The Starry Wisdom Library was made possible by the contributions of Scott David Aniolowski, Glynn Barrass, Edward P. Berglund, Allyson Bird, Scott Brents, Jesse Bullington, Ramsey Campbell, Matt Cardin, S.J. Chambers, Michael Cisco, Carrie Cuinn, Gemma Files, Richard Gavin, Christopher Hanson, Daniel Harms, Stephen Graham Jones, John Langan, Andrew Leman, Livia Llewellyn, Nick Matamas, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Edward Morris, Scott Nicolay, Robert M. Price, W.H. Pugmire, Joe Pulver, Pete Rawlik, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, Ann K. Schwader, Darrel Schweitzer, Robin Spriggs, Simon Strantzas, Molly Tanzer, Keith Taylor, Karin Tidbeck, Donald Tyson, Genevieve Valentine, Kali Wallace, Kaaron Warren, Don Webb, Jeff Wells, and F. Paul Wilson.

A freshly printed "Tsathoggua" coming off the block.

A freshly printed “Tsathoggua” coming off the block.

Welcome to 2015

Happy 2015 from Xylographilia! I hope you all had a fun and festive holiday season and a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.  The year has barely begun and already we’re staring down the barrel of a long procession of exciting events, including a visit to Providence, Rhode Island, in August! I hope to have the opportunity to see you in person, so here’s the run-down of what you can expect in the next few months. (Check the Events page for further dates, more details will be added as they become available.)

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A hand-colored Capricorn

Kicking off the New Year is the second annual Curious Gallery on January 10th and 11th at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center here in Portland, Oregon. This weekend event is styled after the European wunderkammern (or “wonder cabinets”) that were the predecessors to our modern public museums. These cabinets of curiosity were maintained by private citizens who would amass their own encyclopedic collections of scientific artifacts, historical relics, art, and antiquities to educate and entertain their fellows. Portland author and artist Lupa was inspired to recreate this eclectic tradition with last January’s inaugural Curious Gallery, to resounding success. This year we’re back with local vendors offering the finest in natural specimens, handcrafted jewelry, live carnivorous plants, sculpture, pottery, and of course woodcut prints. For those in search of a more hands-on experience, there will also be instructional workshops about everything from coiled basket-weaving to DIY taxidermy. Capacity is limited, so visit the homepage and register for your weekend pass while you can! Look for me in the vendor’s room and on the Morbid Curiosities panel.

One of the woodblocks created for The Starry Wisdom Library with the book

Soon after, I’ll be traveling to San Jose, California for PantheaCon. This annual conference regularly draws over two thousand “Pagans, Heathens, Indigenous Non-European and many of diverse beliefs.” Participants can attend educational presentations about devotional dance, singing bowl meditation, and ritual from a wide range of spiritual traditions; make their own incense, drums, and other handicrafts; and browse the wares in the vendor room. Xylographilia will be there with an assortment of original esoteric prints, t-shirts, and perhaps a few copies of Arcanum Bestiarum. PantheaCon will be held February 13th – 16th, with preregistration for all four days closing on January 15th.

Then on April 2nd – 5th I’ll be in Sea-Tac, Washington at Norwescon 38, the Pacific Northwest’s premier sci-fi and fantasy convention. Though geared primarily toward literature, Norwescon also acts as a venue for enthusiasts of cosplay, art, gaming, and many other facets of sci-fi and fantasy. Attendees can take part in a varied array of events and activities, including a masquerade ball for those eager to showcase their costuming skills; a Dealers’ Room where rare collectibles, books, and games will be up for grabs; an Art Show highlighting the best in contemporary sci-fi- and fantasy-themed art; and a panel of acclaimed Guests of Honor including astronomer Amy Mainzer, artist Julie Dillon, and A Song of Ice and Fire novelist George R. R. Martin. Additionally, since 1984 Norwescon has hosted the presentation of the Philip K. Dick Award and Special Citation for distinction in science fiction writing. There’s still time to register for the full four-day event, so wander over to the Norwescon homepage and reserve your spot!

At Norwescon you’ll be able to find me on a number of panels (most likely art-related) and a number of unique and editioned prints in the art show including art from the recently released Starry Wisdom Library edited by Nate Pedersen.

Phoenix Color Proof I Private collection

Phoenix Color Proof I
Private collection

First Friday & da Vinci Arts Fair

2014 is nearinMona g its conclusion, and I’m closing out the year with just two more shows! I’ll be shipping worldwide as usual (see the bottom of this post for free shipping codes), but if you’d like to get out and see works in person before the new year, you have two more opportunities this weekend.

First, I’ll be participating in Bite Studio‘s Holiday Print Show on December 5th. This First Friday show will take place at Portland, Oregon’s Bite Studio, located at 2000 SE 7th Ave. The show will run from 6 – 10 PM and will feature all-new prints from Bite’s resident printmakers. Due to a scheduling conflict I won’t be attending until later in the night, but there will be plenty of terrific art to enjoy in the meantime. (Click the link above to visit Bite’s homepage and view a sampling of some of the incredibly diverse work you can expect to see.)

The following night, the tenth annual da Vinci Arts Fair is coming up on December 6th and 7th at da Vinci Arts Middle School, located at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. To commemorate the occasion, I’ve created a special woodcut paying homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Mona #1 has been framed and will be raffled during the arts fair, and 100% of the proceeds will help fund arts and academic programs for da Vinci students. The remaining nine prints will be available to purchase ($80 each) along with a wide selection of my other work, including a few seasonal items like Gruss vom Krampus. All sales of Mona, and all purchases at the Fair benefit the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. For those of you curious about the creation of Mona, check out the videos below to watch me ink the woodblock and then pull a print.

That’s it for 2014 events. My first event in the New Year will be the 2015 Curious Gallery PDX, January 10th and 11th at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center, 1441 NE 2nd Ave. Visit their homepage for more info, including links to the Curious Gallery Google+, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Free Shipping!

Finally, the free shipping offer announced in my last blog post is still in effect through December 10th, so now’s the time to take advantage of it. Orders placed before December 15th should arrive in time for Christmas, so if you’re planning on giving the gift of art this holiday season, don’t hesitate! If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are valid in both my online store and Etsy shop.

2014 Holiday events & Black Friday offer

Hi, folks! I hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. It seems like we skipped directly from summer to winter here in Oregon, and this chilly weather already has me thinking about the upcoming holiday season. If you’re in the Portland area and looking for unique holiday gifts, I hope you’ll join us. Read on for the details!

First, you still have a few opportunities remaining to catch my show at Redux in Portland, Oregon as well as my Beasts of Lore solo show at Rogue Gallery in Medford, Oregon. The Redux show runs through the end of this month, and Beasts of Lore closes on Friday, November 21st, so if you’d still like to catch either of them, act now!

Then, the Oregon College of Art and Craft Annual Student and Alumni Holiday Sale is beginning in late November at the OCAC campus located at 8245 SW Barnes Rd. The sale, which will feature the work of 70 artisans from around the Pacific Northwest, will be open to visitors Friday, November 28th from 5 – 9PM; Saturday, November 29th from 10AM – 4 PM; and Sunday, November 30th from 10AM – 3PM. Proceeds will help to fund OCAC student scholarships.da Vinci Arts Fair 2014 Postcard

On December 6th and 7th, I’ll be at the da Vinci Arts Fair at da Vinci Arts Middle School at 2508 NE Everett St. in Portland, Oregon. Held annually on the first weekend in December, this PTSA-run event helps to subsidize arts and academic classes at da Vinci Arts Middle School. The show features the work of community artisans and da Vinci students, as well as a snack bar and crafts room where kids can make their own art to take home.

To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the da Vinci Middle School Arts Fair,  I was invited to create my own woodcut version of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. You can see photos from her creation here. I’ve printed Mona as a very small edition of just 10 signed and numbered prints on cream rag paper. Mona #1 of 10 has been framed and will be raffled off at the Fair with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the students of da Vinci Arts Middle School. #2 through #10 will be available unframed for $80 each during the Art Fair. If you’re unable to attend and would like to acquire Mona, please contact me to reserve one. All online sales of Mona have been pledged to benefit the school just as those sold during the fair. In addition to Mona, a wide selection of other favorite prints including the recent mini zodiac series, the last of the Krampus edition, and a full array of magnets, will be available at the da Vinci Arts Fair. I hope to see you there!

Free shipping through December 10th!

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Krampus

Not in Portland? Can’t make it out? Don’t want to go out in this cold? I’ve got you covered! Instead of offering a one-day Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal, now through December 10th, you can have your order shipped free. If you’re in the United States, use THANKS2014 for free shipping on orders of $20 or more. International collectors, please use WINTER2014 for free shipping on orders of $50 or more. These codes are applicable in both my online store and Etsy shop. Don’t be surprised if you find some bonuses in your package; this is the season of giving after all!

Finally, with Thanksgiving approaching with gathering speed, I’d like to take a moment to share my gratitude that I am employed as a working artist and to thank you all for your ongoing interest and patronage. Life as a working artist certainly isn’t the simplest, but it is much more fulIfilling than my past life as a clerk in a big box store. I hope your holidays are bright!

 

 

Who is Krampus?

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Also of note, “Gruss vom Krampus” translates to “Greetings from Krampus” and is the most common greeting found on vintage Krampus ephemera.

The second edition of Krampus prints is nearly sold out, if you’d like an original, don’t wait too much longer!

Need a stocking stuffer? We also have Krampus magnets.

Siren Nation November 2nd

Aries on Cream paper

Aries on Cream paper

SIREN NATION ART & CRAFT SALE

Sunday, November 2nd in the McMenamin’s Kennedy School Gym. 10am – 4pm.
All Ages. FREE! Featuring 40 of the best art and craft vendors from the
NW. Look for me with a full selection of Zodiac prints, magnets, and a few other original woodcut print favorites.

The first 50 people through the door will be given gift bags sponsored by
Sock It To Me, Bitch Magazine, Siren Nation and Luna Bar!!!

Featuring: Autopilot Empires, BoneWerx, House of Moss, Sunny Asylum
Designs, acbc Design, BevoBirdie Originals, Candy Amor Jewelery, Carol
Opie Ceramics, This Fine Day, A Wise Woman Jewelry, Consu Tolosa Art, Kiss
Me Kitty, Dana Murphy Designs, Di Pinsonault Art, Rx Letterpress, Chapter
Jewelry, Faieland Studio Art, Frawn Jewelry, BigWooWear, MeMe Cosmetics,
Scrumptious Suds, Soda Fountain Studios, Sparrow and Sundry, Jennifer
Campbell Design Jewelry, Rags + Bones, Addie Pearl Jewelry Design, Katt
Sarro Ceramics, Kim Forrer Designs, Sew Zany, Marvelous Mosaic, Lea K
Arts, Xylographilia, LoLo-ology, Peggy Pfenninger, Dragonfly DayDream,
Buttonlandia, Allegra B Designs, CratyStaci, Beth Collins Art!

http://sirennation.org/2014-festival-art-show/2014-festival-art-show/

See you Sunday!

Now showing in Portland & Medford

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Spider

Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Beasts of Lore opening night reception last weekend! For those of you in the Medford, Oregon area who couldn’t make it but still hope to see the show, let me remind you that Beasts of Lore will remain up through November 21st at Rogue Gallery & Art Center. More details available here. You can also read a write-up of the show in the Mail Tribune here.

Also, for those of you in Portland, Oregon, you can still catch my solo show at Redux through November. There will be more events on the way in the weeks to come, so stay tuned and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook for regular photos and updates!

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

The artist in her unnatural habitat.

Rogue Gallery Show Opening Friday!

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Tomorrow night I’ll be at Rogue Gallery & Art Center at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. The opening night reception will be from 5 – 8PM on Friday, October 17th, so if you’re in the area please drop by and join the festivities! The show will run through November 21st.

Hope to see you there!

Redux, Rogue, and Zompire

With Halloween fast approaching and some fun new events just around the corner, October is shaping up to be an action-packed month here at Xylographilia!

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A jack-owl-lantern, one might say?

Redux Show

Coming up next in Portland, Oregon is my solo show at Redux  located at 811 E Burnside St., #110. Redux specializes in handmade local art, jewelery, and accessories produced by independent artisans and fair-trade import companies from around the world, and they’re regular participants in the popular First Friday Art Walks on Lower East Burnside. The opening night reception of my show is set for October 3rd from 6-9:30 PM, so if you’re in Portland I encourage you to stop by, join us for a drink, and enjoy some art! In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the Redux show will feature an assortment of seasonally appropriate original woodcut prints including bats, rats, spiders, and more of your favorite creepy-crawlies. Since the show runs through November, we’ll also be offering a selection of small prints, magnets, and everyone’s favorite harbinger of Christmas doom: Krampus!

Rogue Gallery Show

Then on Friday, October 17th, the opening reception of Beasts of Lore will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, located at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. Founded in 1960, Rogue Gallery & Art Center aims to enliven the Medford community through visual art. In addition to offering art education classes for children and adults, Rogue is considered a premier space for exhibiting artists, attracting regional artists and visitors from within the Medford community, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. I’m excited to be displaying my work there for the first time!

Krampus

Krampus

The reception will run from 5-8PM, and Beasts of Lore will be on display through November 21st. This show’s contents were inspired mainly by the imagery found in medieval bestiaries: illustrated volumes popular in the Middle Ages depicting both real and mythical animals. The creatures depicted in these books, in addition to being natural wonders, were intended to represent human virtues and vices. The illustrations were highly stylized, often to the point of being unrecognizable, and were typically accompanied by a passage of text explaining the moral or pitfall it stood for. I’ve taken some creative liberties by naturalizing my renderings of each animal and incorporating imagery from a wide variety of traditions and cultures.

Pelican

Pelican

Zompire Film Fest

In between the Rogue and Redux shows, the 2014 Zompire Film Fest will kick off at Portland, Oregon’s Clinton Street Theater—located at 2522 SE Clinton St.—on October 11th and 12th. Zompire, an offshoot of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, is an opportunity for independent horror filmmakers to showcase their finest undead films. Zombies, vampires, and other assorted ghouls are just a few of the horrors you can expect to encounter at this festival. (Note: Independent films are often unrated, so you may wish to consult the line-up if you plan to bring children.) Between films, you can stop by Artists Alley for a selection of some of my most ghoulish work.

Enjoy the fall colors, and I look forward to seeing you soon!