Sunday, March 3, 2013

Tugboat Printshop: Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth


Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are collaborative artists working in woodblock prints, and are also husband and wife.

Tugboat Printshop is their online store and gallery. The site not only showcases their work but is in large part devoted to process, and details various aspects of the creation and production of their prints.

Their work has that wonderful graphic punch that woodcuts can so nicely provide, frequently with bright, high chroma colors added in subsequent steps of the printing process. At times their compositions walk the line (if you’ll excuse the expression) between decorative and pictorial. (I’ve taken the liberty in some of the images above of cropping in on the image area and eliminating the prints actual borders in order to reproduce them larger in a limited space.)

When viewing their site, the Printshop/Store section acts as a gallery, but there is also an Archive, not a easily accessible from the main menus, within which are additional sections like Life of Leisure, Deep Blue Sea and others.

You will find a section on their working methods within Shop Info, under which the initial sub-section is Printshop and Process.

It’s worth noting, though, that when browsing the prints in the Store gallery, clicking through to the individual detail page for the work will often provide additional background information and images of the process for that individual work.

[Via Belinda Del Pesco, on @bdelpesco]

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