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Saturday was the first PrintSocial and Theo Castro a friend from Canada came over to my apartment at 2pm.
I sat Theo at my table and explained all the ways he could create an image on a block. He decided to draw freeland with a marker. As Theo drew I set up the inking station and printing papers. By the time I was done with that Theo was ready to carve. After showing him how to carve I sat down at my table to carve my block. I have a giant 36″ x 24″ block I am working on for my exhibition which opens March 4, at Muriel Guepin Gallery in Brooklyn.
As we both carved we talked and talked. I have known Theo for 5 years and I have watched him go from party boy art student (though he was also a theology student at the same time) to ordained deacon to ordained priest. It was always funny at work when I would say I am going to Canada to my friends ordination, he is a priest. Most people could not quite figure out how I would have a friend who is a priest. Well today they got to meet him as he came to my class at Long Island University, no one expected a 33 year old “kid.” But back to PrintSocial.
It was amazing to talk about both of our journeys over the past 5 years. A lot really has changed. Theo finished carving the block and I showed him how to ink it then run it through the press.
The first impression as it is called was uneven, so as he inked his plate I adjusted the press. The second one was perfect. He ran off a edition of 10, plus two artist proofs. An edition is a set of prints that are identical. The “proofs” are the trial prints made before the edition. But they too match.
Just as I had planned it took 3 hours, but Theo stayed and we talked for over 6 hours. He is leaving in two weeks for Sri Lanka where he is doing refugee work. I will not see him for three years. I will really miss him.
One addition I plan to make from time to time with PrintSocial is cookies. A fantasy I always have had is to bake cookies each morning, then go to work on the press. It is my wish that people will drop by to chat, have a cookie, look at art, maybe make a print. This is the fantasy that I am creating in New Mexico, and I also throwing a chicken coop into the fantasy.  But in NYC I prefer people to call before coming over, and if I have a few days notice, I will make cookies. But please do not be shy about wanting to come check this PrintSocial thing out. It is for everyone, no matter what your background. It is just a sit and carve and chat in my kitchen, with Labradors lazing about.

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Hilary Lorenz and Theo Castro

Today I am going to move away from running and talk about art, specifically my new project PrintSocial.

I concieved PrintSocial a couple of months ago after working long hours at home carving my wood and linoleum blocks.  PrintSocial was created to serve two purposes. One, begin the process of publishing prints, something that I have always wanted to do but never thought I was equipped for.  I don’t want to publish to make money but just for the love of it. My project is very small scale  but it is a start that will eventually move to Abiquiu, NM where I am building a physical printmaking studio.

For those that do not know about printmaking studios, printmakers often work in a community studio because we require big heavy expensive equipment. It is a great place to meet a lot of interesting people and because there is  literally a printshop in just about every country,  it provides a great experience to travel  and make art.

But perhaps the biggest reason I started this, is to invite people into my apartment to make a print and simply talk, or sit in silence, it is up to my guest.  After 17 years of having studios I moved my workplace home and found myself  isolated. By inviting people to me, we have a really fun day, they get to learn something and make art; perhaps for the first time. I get my guest started working and then carve my own block. I see PrintSocial as being  grounded in the tradition of the sewing bee, but working on our own individual projects.

The first PrintSocial was last night with Theo Castro. Originally from the Philippines, Theo grew up in Vancouver, BC. I have know him since 2005 when he was super party boy, and my student at a Parson the New School for Design in the summer intensive drawing program. Now Theo is an ordained Jesuit Priest and he is leaving in 20 days to  Sri Lanka for three years to do refugee work.   Tomorrow I will post the extraordinary experience of working with Theo. The event was truly beyond my wildest imagination of what could occur just through talking and making prints.

To learn more about PrintSocial, click the page link at the top, or contact me.

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