Bill Ritchie art and design work in Washington State
Gretchen Davidson Collection
Active and passive sides of Gretchen's Galleon Halfwood Press
Galleon Halfwood Press No. 24
About Gretchen : Gretchen is a dedicated arts, crafts and design student, meaning that in addition to having held several jobs and raising a family, she's made time for herself to take classes in many kinds of cultural arts activities for her personal enrichment. She's a professional photographer, having studied at Brooks Institute of Photography and also Cornish College of the Arts. Classes at the Kirkland Art Center tipped her favor toward printmaking to combine with her collage painting style.
Ritchie's comment : Gretchen saw images of kids with presses on the Web, then more images of more presses and Youtube videos. She contacted me, then visited. We had a long enjoyable chat and she decided to buy the Galleon on condition that I give her lessons. I agreed, on condition that she give me advice for the NPCI. She also bought a print, Little C-Square.
Galleon Halfwood Press specifications: Serial No. 90024. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 3/8" polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" diameter stainless steel and drives gears (concealed) and with rack-driven bed, approximates a 6:1 mechanical reduction. Styled in solid black walnut wood with wenge interlayer on the base' foots. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual, 5-piece Allen wrench set, and the designer's paperback semi-fiction book, "A Printmaker's Tale."
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Description: 1977. Print. Intaglio & woodcut. Black, ochre, blue, orange. Smith & Weber intaglio ink and watercolor on Japanese papers chine colle'd on Van Gelder Zonen. 6 3/4 X 5 in. on 12 X 9 in. Number 63 of an edition of 98. Signed lower right. Other owners include Carl Chew, Kathy Rabel, Ben Mahmoud, Lee Stubbe, Joan Bloedel, Brett and Marivic Weathers and the Ritchie family.
Artist's Statement: The C-squares series used the architect and engineer's instrument, warped, bent and twisted. Nineteen seventy-seven was the year of the Great Wave Square at Seattle's art festival, Bumbershoot, and other works on this theme. Sosaku-hanga is similar to watercolor and I could have a variety of colors in the foreground (bottom) area of the print. No two are alike - but almost. The bent 'C' form of the C-square is debossed. I used a pierced, cut-out area in the thin copper that I used for the etching and a ribbon of wood veneer carried the ochre.
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