Library Friends offers bilingual visiting artist workshop

by | Mar 11, 2022

This post is also available in: Español (Spanish)

The Friends of Columbus Library (FOCAL) is offering a workshop with Linocut Printmaker Leila Brannan on March 25, 2022 at 1pm. The Workshop will be offered in English and Spanish.

Brannan is visiting from Berkeley California where she attends UC Berkeley as an Architecture and Spanish student.

A native of Northern California, Brannan began studying silkscreening in 2016 at Taller Arte de Neuvo Amanecer (TANA), an extension of the UC Davis Chicanx program in Woodland. She switched to Linocut (also known as linoleum art because of the materials used), because it’s a more accessible format.

“Linocut is a great starting point because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to learn,” said Brannan. “Once you understand how to use the blocks and inks to print on paper, you can transition to printing on cloth.” Brannan has a thriving sustainable side hustle printing her designs on thrifted clothing and selling them online.

Linocut Printing is a type of relief art, where a design is cut into a linoleum block, covered in ink and then pressed onto a surface such as paper or cloth. The image is reversed, so the designer must mirror any cut words or images for it to work.

The Friend’s of the Columbus Library has purchased a printmaking kit and is asking for $5 per participant to defray the cost of materials. Because space is limited, please stop by the library in advance to register or email here.

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