Reductive Woodcut

 
 

Back in my college days, I was an illustration major and I was doing a lot of intaglio printmaking. I took a three year hiatus because, well, I didn't have access to a print lab. I started taking classes again, and instead of getting back into intaglio I decided to try out new processes. Last Fall I got my hands into serigraphy. You can see the print here.

At the start of this semester, my professor wanted me to try reductive woodcut. I hated the idea because the products of woodcuts are usually landscapes. I didn't know how to connect my style with this medium. However, K insisted I try just a sample; two by two inch of shina wood. So I did. And low and behold, I fell in love. 

The print of my sample gave birth to an incredible idea. Next thing I know I'm gluing nine of these 2x2 shina woodblocks to a matte board (that's a poor man's way of doing woodcut), and carving the same design into each block. 

I'm doing three colors and a chine colle (a printmaking technique of pasting paper to a pint). Stay tuned to see the printing process and the finished piece. It's going to be spectacular!!!

 
 
Reductive Woodcut | Fashion Illustration by Victoria-Riza
Reductive Woodcut | Fashion Illustration by Victoria-Riza
 
Reductive Woodcut | Fashion Illustration by Victoria-Riza