Lynn Taylor introduced me to cyanotypes in her workshop this past March at the Advocate Press in Port Union. The bottom part of the image on the right is a cyanotype. Like so many things in my education, I learned this just in time to apply it to my current project.
Don McKay is a poet who is fascinated with geology. I am a printmaker who loves using the old letterpresses at the Coaker Foundation’s Advocate Press. Because Port Union is home to an exciting fossil, Haootia Quadriformis, and because fossils are a kind of print, I suggested to Don that he write a poem and I create a print about it. Our collaboration is on display this summer at the Factory Museum as part of the Aspiring Geopark display. The image on the right, “Tern and Seaweed” was created for the first stanza of Don’s first poem. I had a lot of fun making cyanotypes with families in Terra Nova National Park in August. Later this month, Don and I will discuss this first poem in a talk with the Bonavista Biennele’s resident artist Meghan Price. Our project will end with a month-long residency and concluding workshop in October. The details are listed below.
In July the award-winning non-fiction author, Jenny Higgins, launched her children’s book about pre-confederation Newfoundland and Labrador women. I had a lot of fun creating digital collages that illustrate these action-packed women from the suffragette era. I will have copies of this Boulder Books publication for sale at every event I attend this summer.
During the summer I have my woodblock engravings at: the Two Whales Cafe, Port Rexton; Petty Harbour’s Watershed Cafe and Art Gallery; Ocean View Art Gallery, Main Street, Carbonear; and Running the Goat Books and Broadsides, Tors Cove.
Upcoming Events this Summer and Fall:
- Bonavista Biannele 2019–GeoART Symposium: This will be a sneak peak of a project that Don McKay and I have been working on during this year thanks to the NL ArtsCouncil.
- Thursday, August 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. Biannele artist Meghan Price will be holding a workshop on stone kite-making at Union House Arts, Main Street, Port Union.
- Friday, August 23 at 3 p.m. we are going on a geology walk with local rock hound, Don Johnson.
- That evening at 7 p.m. there is an art talk at Union House Arts as part of the program Don McKay is going to give a reading, and he and I will be talking about our project: PreCambrian Braille and share a work in progress the proofs of four letterpress broadsides “Haootia Quadriformis: Mother of Muscle.”
- Bernice Morgan at Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series: Saturday, August 31, 8:00 p.m. My mom will be reading from her book “Seasons Before the War” preceded by a set from the Light Wind Ensemble, and followed by songwriters Bridget & Dahlia. This is a lovely event, and a lovely way to cap off a visit to Cape St. Mary’s amazing ecological reserve. The performances happens in the reserve’s Interpretation Centre from July through to September 7.
The Advocate Guardian’s 1st Text & Image Weekend: October 12 & 13, 2019. Start planning to come out to Port Union on the Thankgiving Day Weekend when Don McKay and I will launch our “PreCambrian Braille” letterpress broadsides. The weekend will include a talk/walk by Don on nature poetry, an intro to the Advocate Press and Typesetting 101 by me, time to create and write, and a reading and launch of our project in the evening. The workshops are limited to six poets and six artists, but the walk/talk, and the evening launch are free and open to the public. All events will start from the Coaker Foundation’s Factory, Main Street, Port Union. The workshop is $60 for two days. To reserve a space for the workshop please email me: morganjlee(at)hotmail(dot)com (We are pleased to say that this project is sponsored by ArtsNL.)