The Bloody Blue Moon

After many years of exchanging Art via the mail and seeing each other in person for brief moments here and there, Ria Rajan and I finally had some time in San Francisco to work on a print together.  She is an Artist working in Bangalore, New York, Oakland and San Francisco. Her ability to embrace digital technologies as easily as analog methods has always impressed me.  She is unburdened by conventions and always eager to learn new things.  

We share a love for the moon and an interest in sorcery.  We have been bonding over the exercises in Sarah Faith Gottesdiener's Many Moons Workbook.  After an enthusiastic exchange of our lunar eclipse experiences, it seemed quite natural for us to agree upon the Moon as the subject of our print together.

We began by introducing Rajan to the reduction process through small rubber stamping experiments.  From there we began carving the first color from the woodblock, printing, then carving the second color from the same woodblock and printing until we had completed our print. (See slideshow below)

This is the first collaborative woodcut print produced by Sunset Paperworks. It is our hope, as Damon and I continue to build this space, that this will be the first of many collaborations to come.  Thank you to Ria Rajan for being the first Artist to embark upon this experiment, it was a pleasure working with you.  I look forward to our continued Bangalore and San Francisco exchange - #BLR_SFO

"The Bloody Blue Moon" Woodcut reduction print. Image 7" X 7". Paper 10" x 10". Edition of 28.  Carved and printed by Nathalie Roland and Ria Rajan in San Francisco, CA. 

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The print is available for purchase here.  Read an interview with Ria Rajan here.   -Nathalie Roland

Get Free

In 2012 I quit my main job as a contractor for music media companies to focus more on Art and Craft.  Shortly after making this decision I had a funny dream (illustrated below).  A weary and discombobulated carousel horse wandered into the bedroom.  It stopped in front of me and its eyes looked sad and tired.   "It's ok. Are you tired?" I said to it as I lifted the covers and moved away from the edge to make room.  The horse got into the bed and I covered it with the blanket.  

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After this dream I began carving the woodblock for the "Get Free" print.  While I worked on other woodblocks and drawings in my own studio, I lent my hands at Yellow Owl Workshop, Ape do good print shop and the last 3 years as a bookbinder at Arion Press.  Six years after the dream, I have quit my full time job at Arion and moved my old studio into a new studio and printmaking  space Damon and I are building out.  This is the first block I have printed in the new spot we are calling Sunset Paperworks.

"Get Free" Woodcut print. Image 7" X 7". Paper 10" x 10". Varied Edition of 25 in sunset (pictured below), yellow and pink.  Carved and printed by Nathalie Roland in San Francisco.  

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For all the destructive cycles you wish to break, for conformity you wish to evade, for the independent ideals you aspire to, let this little horse inspire you to get free.