You know that saying “If you want something done, ask a busy person”…
… on Saturday I asked a good friend if he could build me a jig. He’s a builder. It’s a bit like owning a ute (pickup) and people asking if you can cart stuff for them. (He and his good family were hosting me while I did a wax painting workshop at BRAG.)
So, in between him cooking us fish and pouring us wine, I hit him up for yet another favour. Sometimes you just have to ask for help.
In Las Cruces last year, the great printmaker and teacher Ouida Touchon, taught me some techniques to print without a press. Now, I have to say, I wouldn’t have put up my hand to enrol in woodcut, but I’m just so glad she responded with this suggestion. Nearly 4 months on I’m dusting off the notes—which took some finding—and I’m putting together a kit to get started on my first woodcut. Step 1: acquire jig. Tick. Step 2: Jog memory.
Jig, Jog, Jig, Jog, Jig, Jog. It’s a very healthy art practice.
2pm Sunday afternoon, nearing the end of the wax workshop and I get the call “May I drop off the jig?”. It’s a thing of beauty, along with the beautifully tape-wrapped, perfectly square cut pieces of mdf for plates. I can now set sail 😀