Alphabet Menagerie series available at museum gift shop

Acrobat, wood type, letterpress print, © 2005, Wren M. Allen

"Head over Heels" 21" x 17 1/2", was printed using antique wood display type.

On Thursday, I met with the gift shop manager and executive director of Houston’s Museum of Printing History. I am very pleased to announce that my Alphabet Menagerie series of monoprints has been accepted for sale in the museum’s gift shop!

This series was created in early 2005 at Peacock Visual Arts, when I lived in Aberdeen, Scotland. I used the art center’s collection of antique wood display type to create monoprints of various animals formed with the letters of their names. They were printed on an antique, Columbia-style, platen press at the art center.

I’ll have some photos of the series up on my portfolio page very soon. I spent the morning prepping prints for the presentation, so did not get around to painting any leaves Thursday.

Illustration Friday: Acrobat

Acrobat, wood type, letterpress print, © 2006, Wren M. Allen

Acrobat, © 2006, Wren M. Allen for Wrenaissance Art

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in Illustration Friday.

This acrobat is another image in the Alphabet Menagerie series I created at Peacock Fine Arts Centre while I lived in Aberdeen. Except for the doubled Rs, the spelling is almost exactly that of the word itself. I love how the the B forms a classic harlequin/commedia dell’arte mask. Or are they Ray-Bans? 😉

Illustration Friday: Pattern

Antique woodtype print of a snake.

"Red on Yellow, Kill a Fellow." Antique woodtype monoprint of a snake by Wren M. Allen

Here is my entry for this week’s Illustration Friday theme : Pattern. I am very embarrassed to recycle this very old image for the theme! Back in late 2004 and early 2005, I printed a series of animal image monoprints using the antique display woodtype at Peacock Visual Arts Centre in Aberdeen. This was the first successful image in the series. I had been inspired by the notion of Bembo’s Alphabet, but wanted to do an analog version using the mismatched letters available. The snake’s body is meant to resemble the striping pattern of the coral snake–hence the title from the old saying.

If I finish another image by Friday, I’ll repost!

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