This weekend, renowned artists and printmakers from all over the country will take part in BIG INK’s large scale woodcut, printing demonstration. It will be located at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, from 10AM – 5PM on both Saturday and Sunday. The rain or shine event is an all-out extravaganza at the Flea Market. The Flea is located on West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues.
“We are excited to show New Yorkers how this traditional art form is being practiced in new and exciting ways,” said BIG INK director Lyell Castonguay. “We are essentially bringing the artist’s studio directly to the community.”
Thirteen highly skilled printmakers will travel from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and as far as Washington, D.C., Ohio, and Texas. They will contributing carved woodblocks to be printed on throughout the day. BIG INK's staff of volunteers will be there to see the production happen on the giant printing press.
Woodcutting is a printing process that involves carving an image onto a flat, wood surface. It is a very, very old type of artform. The carved wood areas that display “white” or highlights are cut away using a chisel. The top, original surface of the wood remains “black”. This surface level of the wood is then covered by a paint roller with high quality ink. The wood is pressed onto paper, which transfers the ink. The final result is a lovely finished print.
P.S. Do not forget to mark your calendars! The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers will be with us next weekend at the Flea. They are New York’s nationally recognized pumpkin sculptors! The carving will start at 11AM.
See you at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market!