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Exeter Fine Crafts September 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter
Featured Artist
Matt Brown
Exeter Fine Crafts is pleased to present Matt Brown as our September featured artist. Matt creates color woodblock prints made entirely by hand, without the use of a press. His printing approach follows the traditional Japanese moku hanga method of woodblock printing developed in Japan during the 18th century. This intimate “low tech” printing style involves mixing pigment and rice paste with brushes directly on multiple carved basswood or cherry blocks – one for each color. Matt’s subtle and skillful use of color is evident throughout his work. It celebrates the best of man and nature – the quiet pleasures and natural beauty of life in New England.
Each of Matt’s finished prints begins as an original drawing pasted face down on the first or “key” block. Once carved, impressions of the “key” block become the skeleton for the precise carving of subsequent blocks. Matt presses moistened paper onto the colored blocks to absorb the pigment using a traditional hand-held flat disc called a baren. All prints are signed, numbered as part of a limited edition, and dated with the actual month the print was made (the entire edition is not usually printed at the same time).
Matt began making woodblock prints in 1993 after a career as a carpenter and cabinetmaker. A Harvard graduate in art and architecture, Matt’s approach to printmaking is completely self-taught. Inspired by the ukiyo-e prints, Matt studied books by Toshi Yoshida and Walter Phillips to unlock many of the secrets that characterize the traditional hanga method. Matt remains passionate about his work. “I love …the way pictorial simplicity is encouraged, the way an image is separated into parts and put back together, the way the translucent colors bend and juxtapose, the way the wood intersects wth the paper.”
Please join us Saturday, September 12 from 11am - 1pm when Matt will be set up in the gallery at his printing bench prepared to chat of any of the following topics:
- "Wood and Water", Stories of Color Woodblock Printmaking using the Japanese Hanga Method
- "Which Part Art, Which Part Craft", let's talk about it.
- "The Energy Theory of Color"
This event will also be available as a webinar on the Zoom platform for those who cannot attend in person:
Matt Brown Demo - Webinar on the Zoom platform, Sept 12, 11 am.
Topic: Matt Brown's Exeter Fine Crafts Demo Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 12, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Upcoming Classes
EFC follows New Hampshire and CDC guidelines for COVID safety. All students and staff will be screened upon arrival and will be required to wear face masks and practice social distancing while attending class. Class size will be limited to 6 students. The studios have new ventilation systems and are regularly sanitized to meet COVID safety protocols.
Saturday, September 12
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tuition: $50,
Materials Fee ~ Pay Instructor $15
Instructor: Tif Farmakis-Day
This class is for beginning to experienced felters. Students will learn the art of sculpting in wool using wool roving and sharp barbed needles. Students will complete their own animal (think lambs and bunnies for Easter). We will start from scratch to complete the form. There are endless possibilities once you have learned the technique! (Ages 11+)
Saturday, September 19
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuition: $50; Pay Instructor $20 for
supply packet
Instructor: Libby Mortensen
Learn the basics of fabric collage; make a simple pattern, transfer the design onto foundation fabric, and build a collage using a fusible webbing technique. Color choices and placement of fabric to create depth and movement will be discussed, as well as various finishing options. Make a wall hanging, pillow, or display it using stretcher bars. Each student will need to bring an iron, ironing pad(surface) and scissors. Everything you need will be in the supply packet. (Ages 15- adult)
pottery wheel
Tuesdays, September 29 – November 17
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (8 weeks)
Tuition: $275 includes 25 pounds of clay
Instructor: Becca Sands
This course will focus on throwing techniques, with weekly demos and instruction on the wheel. Students will have the flexibility to learn at their own pace. They will be guided toward creating a variety of simple forms and then shown more challenging forms such as teapots and casseroles, depending on experience level. Bring a towel to class.
Saturday, October 10
10:30 am -3:00 pm
Tuition: $95, Sterling silver available to purchase
Instructor: Rob Peacock
Spice up your jewelry designs with color! Students will learn how to fabricate simple shapes designed for inlaying a mixture of epoxy glue and ground spices. Paprika, turmeric, curry, and dill, for example, can be effective in creating colorful pendants, earrings and rings. Soldering experience is helpful but not necessary.
For full class listings click here
Just In:
EFC Welcomes
Jessie O'Brien
We at EFC are excited to welcome Jessie O'Brien to our expanding group of creative members. Jessie is accomplished in the meticulous art of Pyrography and continues to experiment and find new ways to work with the technique. Pyrography is an artform that has been around for centuries. The technique, literally meaning writing with fire, involves using a heated metal instrument to burn wood, leather, tagua and gourds leaving behind lines, subtle shades or intricate decorative patterns. 
Jessie has recently introduced a little known technique called Fumage that has been referred to as painting with smoke. Burning in her imagery first with pyrographic pens she then uses a candle flame to add and layer soot on durable watercolor paper. An array of different tools create marks to generate her evocative imagery in the dreamlike silvery-grey tones. The result is a delicate piece of work that must be protected under glass as the slightest of touches will remove the finely manipulated soot. It is a perfect fusion of these two fascinating fire art forms
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September Hours

Monday - Saturday
11- 5:30
Sunday 12-4
Closed Labor Day
EXETER FINE CRAFTS | 61 Water StreetExeter, NH 03833