The Corey Press
June 28, 2015 6:45 PM   Subscribe

The Corey Press
So for the past several months, I've been carving and pressing prints on various Lovecraftian or UFO themes. Most of my stuff gets pressed onto wood, but I've been experimenting with various kozo papers, bristol, and cloth.

Most of my stuff is based on existing woodcuts - Olaus Magnus for the Lovecraft or Hans Holbein for alien abductions, for example - which means I'm doing Photoshop the long, long hard way.
Role: Lead Carver
posted by robocop is bleeding (13 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

This stuff is great!
posted by cortex at 6:45 PM on June 28, 2015

Super good!
posted by moonmilk at 7:44 PM on June 28, 2015

Fantastic! I'd love to read a how-to, or, how-I-do post!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:55 PM on June 28, 2015

Ask and ye shall receive, Alvy.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 3:34 AM on June 29, 2015 [3 favorites]

Must. Have. Print.
posted by ignignokt at 8:12 AM on June 29, 2015

These are great! You are creating a perfect tension between those ancient archetypal compositions and the jarring "wha?" of the modern ufo/alien/monsters.

The process part in the blog is really interesting, too. Are you applying the ink to the block with a roller or patting the block into a saturated towel/sponge? Or something else(?)
posted by janell at 9:58 AM on June 29, 2015

Must. Have. SHIRT.
Perhaps something printed on an off-white, beige or light tan to represent the aged manuscript paper.
Love this work, Sir.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 10:45 AM on June 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I ink with a roller - sometimes touchups are required with a brush due to uneven pressure on the block (ie, user error). While I think a little chaos adds something to the pieces (I mean, if I wanted a perfect print I'd just use a printer), there are times when a blank spot falls in a really unfortunate location.

I've been working on shirts as well. Major is right in that you want the black ink on a shirt color that evokes old paper or parchment. The trick is finding a shirt that delivers that perfect nexus of decent material, correct color, and affordability. I'm down to a 1/4 error rate on the wood, but with shirts it's more like 1/2 so all those misprints add up. There's just so much that can go wrong with getting the shirt pressed right (uneven inking, uneven pressure, crooked placement, etc) that I've actually acquired silk screening implements to ease things a bit (although that's a totally different skill to learn).
posted by robocop is bleeding at 12:20 PM on June 29, 2015

I don't know what to say, except:

Ia! Ia!
posted by maxsparber at 1:39 PM on June 30, 2015

Here in Providence, RI, there is a pop-up shop opening today run by the Lovecraft Arts & Sciences group -- presumably to prep for their Lovecraft-themed convention NecronomiCon in August. Man, I saw through the window at what they are offering, and your things would be right up their alley! I wonder if you can get in touch with them?
posted by wenestvedt at 12:44 PM on July 1, 2015

Hey, I got my print today! Along with a very nice bonus balsa wood (?) "Welcome to Arkham" sign! Highly recommended. Shipwrecking Cthulhu aside, actual pieces of wood are just cooler than framed paper.

Our apartment now has 33% more art hanging on the walls. Thanks, robocop is bleeding!
posted by ignignokt at 4:49 PM on July 1, 2015 [2 favorites]

I've submitted the Mythos pieces to the Ars Necronomica exhibit, so we'll see. The new Nyarlathotep pressing has proved popular - it sold out from my shop in one day.

Glad you like the Arkham sign, ignignokt - its twin hangs in a very similar location in my house.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:38 PM on July 1, 2015 [1 favorite]

Just found out by way of the podcast and oh my god these are amazing.
posted by griphus at 9:15 AM on July 3, 2015

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