To explore larger printing formats, students in the fall semester's ARTS 322 Advanced Print Concepts at Wellesley College in Massachusetts held an alternative printmaking event on the Davis-Jewett plaza in late October.
The idea for the event was conceived by the course instructor, Phyllis McGibbon, professor of art. "To speak of printmaking simply in terms of its tools or methods would be to miss one of its most important cultural legacies—the spirit of communal effort, creative collaboration and studio dialogue," wrote McGibbon in her faculty profile. "Learning to make prints in a shared print studio encourages one to think through multiple options, often in conversation with others."
The class and event gave students the opportunity to collaborate with printmaking students from Boston University and School of The Museum of Fine Arts. Wellesley students visited the BU printshop on two occasions and carved woodblocks. Among the tools used in the printmaking process was a large steam roller (also known as a road roller).
This block was inspired from the graphic novel Point of Impact written by Jay Faerber and artwork by Koray Kurnael. The goal was to take the orignal 100 page story and breakdown and abstract it into one concise image. There are still cues to the orignal story and art but told in a new singular panel. This block was a collaboration between artists Dustin Markel and Emily Reinauer who combined carved for seventy plus hours by hand with no assist from power tools. The woodblock is 4 foot by 8 foot in size.