What I’ve Been Up To+Craft Shows+New Prints Coming

Just an update on some things I’ve been up to since I returned from Pittsburgh.  

I participated in the Crafty Underdog event held at the Bob White Theater on June 3rd.  A Fantastic history to the theater including a gentleman named Dale Haskin who purchased it in the 1990’s to house his Wurlitzer organ pieces.  The Bob White is in the process of being renovated to be a functional space again, and I was excited to be a part of this first weekend reopening.  Thanks Crafty Underdog.  There are two more days of events in the Bob White Theater this June 23rd and 24th.  I will not be participating, because that is my 6th wedding anniversary weekend.  But do check them out if you are in Portland.  You can find out more info on their website:

http://thecraftyunderdog.com/

I wanted to show my setup for the event, because it really is a simple thing that anyone can do when needing to display their work.  I used a 3 panel cardboard display board, which I got at SCRAP, painted it with gesso to make it white and hung samples of my work with thumb tacks.  The only real “construction” was screwing an empty cardboard box to the back of the board as a support so the display didn’t topple over.  Not really exciting so I didn’t take a picture.  Alyssa set up my table and I think it looked great.  She’s good at that kind of stuff.

An old wine box that I acquired from a previous job held all of the inventory and propped up a few collages.  I cut out and hand typed 100 business cards for this event.  I love how much people enjoy sifting through the stacks to get just the right one.  It’s free art.  What’s better than that?

Alyssa purchased this brand new battery operated camping lantern that worked wonderfully during the event as a little beckon of light… A little light house directing people to my space.

The last thing I want to show is my banner.  I cut the letters for Drew Kail out of black and white woodcuts.  The drewkail.wordpress.com is cut out of reused black mat board.  Everything was then glued to a piece of bristol board.  Pretty easy and I’ve used it for a few shows now, so it’s held up extremely well.

Events like Crafty Underdog are great to get exposure for your work, and I wanted to show that you can make a really nice display for almost no money.  I plan on building a wooden version of the cardboard display board with a hinge, but that’s another day.

Other than hanging out at craft shows I’ve been working on some new woodcuts.  I was carving on our back deck last weekend when the weather was beautiful and Alyssa took some pictures.

I carved two separate blocks that day.  This one is a piece of found MDF Board.  Originally the image was carved into reused linoleum, however, the lino had some sort of ink resist on it which made printing a quality image out of the question.  To remedy the situation, I printed the lino on the found MDF, which I will then print on the paper.

Here’s a better shot of the image.

I love working outside, because you can just sweep all of the wood shavings into the backyard.  I began printing the second block I cut that day and should have pictures up soon.

Have a great day!

Copyright©2012 by Drew Kail

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17 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Up To+Craft Shows+New Prints Coming”

  1. Looks like the weather down in Portland is a lot better than what we are experiencing here further up North! Today has been one of those rare days with sunshine! We, too, love carving outside – but the weather-gods have not been too kind to us lately! (sigh) CONGRATS! We like your simple set-up! The display should never take away from the artworks!

    1. I think so. I try to bring creativity into my life as much as possible. So, instead of buying something ordinary to display my work I had to make something special.

  2. Your show set-up looks great. Also, I’m so jealous of your getting to work outside. I loved working outside in Arizona but the weather has been pretty dreadful in the Seattle area.

    1. Thanks. Yeah, it seems like Seattle gets the weather way worse than us down here in Portland. I think it’s because we’re more surrounded by mountains and less overlooking the water. Still, the days I’ve been able to work outside have been few and far between. The Oregon winter hasn’t quite let up. And you’re welcome for the nomination. I really enjoy your blog.
      Drew

  3. You do such interesting work Drew. I have also started working in the backyard painting on any old piece of plywood I can find. I wish my paint was as environmentally friendly as wood shavings.
    Good luck with the craft fair, I have recently done a few of those too. I guess marketing oneself is an ever-changing and ongoing process.

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