Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Gee's Bend Quilt Prints

Tbe master printers of Paulson Bott Press in Berkeley have been working with some of the master quilters of Gee's Bend in Gee's Bend to create remarkable little spitbite aquatint etchings of quilts.

To begin, the quilters--so far, it is quilters of the younger generation of Gee's Benders such as Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, and Loretta Pettway--create original, little sampler-size quilts. For the spitbite process, a layer of wax is applied to the printing stone, and the design is transferred by etching it in with acid.

If you're trying this at home, you'll note there is an interim step, the transfer from quilt to stone, that goes undetailed in the publicity literature. Since interviews with Ms. Pettway show her to be a woman of strong Christian faith, I assume that no diabolical magick was involved. Maybe a scanner or camera.

Loretta Pettway's Gee's Bend prints by Paulson Bott Press [paulsonpress.com via andy]
Louisiana Bendolph's and Loretta Bennett's quilt prints are available at Greg Kucera Gallery [gregkucera.com]