Birthday – Edition
The idea of printing a Birthday Edition originated during my studies of Art at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA in 2003. The number of copies will vary according to my own age in the respective calendar year. The print is supposed to mirror events or effects of my interest that fascinate me, as well as objects, colors and patterns that have had a lasting impact on me during that particular year. Therefore in each consecutive year a new copy will be added to the Birthday Edition, provided, if I would get the opportunity to work in specialized print facilities. Thus print techniques may vary depending on whether I could work with a printing press or with wood printed by hand.
The numbers 1 to 31 could represent a birthday, and some prints of the first and second edition are gifts to my husband and my children, as well as to close relatives, friends and to people of my respect and gratefulness. In the following, please find some examples that might give people an idea for further possibilities to choose numbers: year of birth, age (for instance for a 40th birthday), wedding or other anniversaries. Though the print can be a nice gift not only for art lovers. Each new copy of the respective edition will then be for sale. Everyone interested can choose its own edition number, but should stick to it for the years to come in order to receive a collection of increasing value. Particular dates for certain people can be signed with a dedication, which would be a special honor and pleasure for me.
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Now some notes how to order: The editing date of new editions will start after the 29th of July every year. All owners of previous editions will be informed of the new edition in order to be able to reserve a copy exclusively in advance. If an order or reservation for a certain issue number is not been made by the ordering deadline this specific issue number will be available for others to purchase.
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I hope everyone shares my ideas and is curious about it as I am what each new year will offer. The first edition for 2003 (43 copies) and the second edition for 2004 (44 copies) was printed and published in 2005, as there were no facilities previously available for lithography printing. For the coming year I wish all of you a wonderful time with your prints as well as good health and many interesting events, and for myself I wish for, what I already got so far: an interesting time till the next completed issue as well as for every future edition.
Roster of Edition # available at request
Disclaimer: I have no liability against printing errors or default of timelines mentioned above. Times and objects may changes.
History of the 2st Edition 2004/5
On the Oregon Trail 2004
The 2004 Birthday-Edition came together through a few circumstances. First of all our summer vacation went towards the east of the USA, casually on the trails of Lewis and Clark, the discoverer and explorer of the West. Our way led us through Washington, Idaho, Montana up to North Dakota. On the way back to Oregon thru Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, we learned a lot about the Oregon-Trail, Mormons and California-Trail.
„Dead Tires“ is my way to describe the lost rubber pieces of trucks and passenger cars that were lining the road shoulders. One piece or another found its place in the lower storage space of the RV, with at that point an unknown purpose. The long drive between sightseeing locations was sometimes boring, and so my sketchbook became a welcome companion.
Because of the shaking motions while driving by loosely hand-held pencil drew bizarre landscapes over the pages. As much as the landscape we passed true, today on Highways, but mostly vast swathes of the country like more than 150 years ago. The effect of the pencil lines on my paper sheet grew up to the idea, to create a new print, but somehow missing a major element to develop my image.
Later, back home I found the right addition to my print. An age-old wild scribbling from boring school lessons, breaks and bus rides home suddenly completed the imaginary picture.
Under this circumstances the old idea of a dark, broken off-road found its way into the light of a Lithograph print. And also one of the earlier collected tire pieces became sense and reason for existence.
More than 30 years are between the doodling in school and the trip through the USA, but grew together into one. Even the past from more than over hundred years ago reflecting in the lines of the hills and mountains. The tire, representing technical abilities and modernism, the landscape standing for nature and being are presented in my print side by side, but also intertwined at the same time. The break line in the road has to be interpreted by individuals themselves. It seems to be illogical, wrong for one, for the other as a matter of course.
I think our generation is to conflict with nature and technical development, and those topics confronting us over and over again no matter how old we get. Remember, the idea has its roots in the old sketch from my childhood school days. More than ever both are necessary for our environment and have reached a need of existence. We don’t want to change that, or even cannot change it easily at all. Even though we become more aware and sensitive, more now than a few years ago. All technology, fast progress and development don’t cut it, when obstacles slow down our path – the connection between nature and technology is going to be disrupted.
What is so much different between the old Oregon-Trail and modern Highways? There were streets as well, and will exist in the future, and if it is only the one leading through our existence. No matter of broken wheel spokes or blown up tires, always something that slows us down on our street of live! But nevertheless time will go on. In the end the globe will continue to turn with or without the man-made streets and tracks. Nature is going to bushwhacking back, without mankind.
Think about it – consider and respect that!
History of the 1st Edition 2004/5
Julylion, the 43rd
is the title of my first Birthday-Edition with the limited edition number of 43 prints.
The zodiac of the Leo was developed as Lithography during my study for a BA in Art at PSU – Portland State University. Oregon, USA – in 2003. All 18 students of that printmaking class agreed in having a print exchange, titled “My Zodiac” at the end of the course. I wanted to combine printing my zodiac edition for class, and to learn how to print a multicolored Lithography. It turned out, too much time was needed to develop a 3-colored print in 10 weeks besides the regular scheduled assignments. As so to speak the project Lion disappeared literally in cabinet of stones. The drawings on the three stones were done, but there was no time left to print them as an edition before I left college.
My graduation was in summer 2004, and I decided to go back to the studio at PSU after the summer break to develop new ideas and to finish off already started work like the lion. Unfortunately this plan failed, because for the sake of my health. Back pain and other little aches stopped me to participate in the lessons.
Later on I came across with a small print studio, and became a member there. At the same time I signed up for a Lithography workshop at Multnomah Art Center. Debbie Hamm, a printmaker herself, taught me how to work with Lithography in a professional way. The goodwill and openness of my former teacher Eleanor H. Erskine at PSU allowed me to borrow the already prepared stones to finish my print of the Lion at MACA. However it turned out as a b/w print, because the other two stones, necessary for a 3-color print couldn’t be used anymore.
I am very thankful and receptive for both of their help, teaching me Lithography, with less chemicals compared with etching. It will still influence my work, because I don’t want to miss out on working with copper and zinc as well.
My print of the zodiac LEO was planned to embody the characteristics of the zodiac and the animal. The spine as strength or weakness, the lion as a creature, and a symbol: vulnerable and strong, upstanding or hunched, and always tied to family, but still a rogue, idle or restless.
My zodiac is Leo, and as a lion I like to discover new ways, they might look very distinct for some, but right now printmaking became a major task I enjoy very much.