Category Archives: Printmaking

Crafty Retreat Wish List

Cooperative Press send a survey request last week to their newsletter subscribers. 

One question has been mulling around in my head since taking the survey. 

“If money were no obstacle, what retreat would I want to attend?”

It was funny that they hinted Iceland is the answer. No thanks. I have other ideas. 
I thought you might like to know what’s out there beyond the knitting world. 

My instant answer was to tour Japan for indigo dyeing, ikat weaving and shibori dyeing. 

But my old back-of-the-mind wish list came to the front.

If I had unlimited resources, I’d go to one to two workshops at each of these schools. And try all the things, (pottery, weaving, basketmaking, dyeing, printmaking, enamel,  glassblowing, and everything else). 

But if I did that in a year’s time, I would also feel a bit bonkers and scatter brained by the end. Remember, this is my dream, so let’s revise it to one workshop from one school a year. And let’s prioritize direction to printmaking, dyeing, spinning & maybe weaving. I need some focus. Right??

These are schools I have wanted to attend since college days and they are still going strong. 

I discovered these retreats since I started knitting:

All except for SSK, I would go once to these retreats. Rhinebeck (New York Sheep and Wool Festival) is probably on every knitters list. It’s not something I could manage. Too many people. 

Lots to day dream about and look forward to…

Can you tell, I’m not cooking or hosting the Thanksgiving feast this year. I have time to daydream about things besides turkey, side dishes and dessert. 

I hope y’all have a wonderful time with family and friends. 


Road Trip 1 in 2016: Gustave Baumann

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gustave Baumann, German Craftsman, American Artist

This was an incredible exhibition of Baumann’s works, life, and process. If you are interested at all in printmaking or the arts and crafts period, GO SEE THIS before it closes February 14th. 

It is at the beautiful Indianapolis Museum of Art. Wow! What a wonderful museum, I wish we had more time to go through the other galleries and gardens. 

We are in Indianapolis just for a few days. Check the museum website, is it worth trekking downtown? Yes! Yes! Drop our bags at the hotel & off we go on wonderful date night at the museum. Both of us have printmaking backgrounds, hubby focused on contemporary guys.  It was fun to introduce hubby to Mr. Baumann. 

Gustave Baumann, German Craftman, American Artist Exhition, Indianapolis Museum of Art

I have always felt that printmaking was a sorry stepchild of the art world & museums. Unless, the printmaker was Rembrandt, Picasso, or Michelangelo, most museum print exhibits are  tiny & relegated to the basement or a back gallery. (Ok, I know that works on paper require special environmental & lighting, & exhibits must be limited.)

Baumann prints are very very very difficult to find exhibited at museums. It’s part of my checklist of artists’ works I seek out when visiting. I never expected to find a major exhibit of his work. Certainly not in Indiana.  (Sorry, Indiana, I only knew about his New Mexico life.)


Gustave Baumann (American, 1881–1971), Harden Hollow, 1912, color woodblock print, 19-3/4 x 26-7/8 in. Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of Ann Baumann, 2008.166. Gustave Baumann works are protected by copyright. Contact the IMA for further information

Not this one show. This is a major exhibition of a large quantity of his work from all timeframes. Indiana countryside, Hudson Valley, Provincetown, & the west coast images were all new to me. Amazing. It even had the dedicated gift shop at the end. 

You can checkout the short videos online of Baumann’s family life, time in Indiana & New Mexico, his marionettes, & the printing process.