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Nov07 illustration of the month

I found these scans of some projects I did in Mr. Shaw’s Printmaking classes at JSU. Once upon a time, these files were on my old (now defunct) website, along with the titles, mediums and sizes. Most of that stuff I don’t remember and I’m not going upstairs and pulling the originals out from under the bed to find out.

Here’s what I know. These are from Printmaking I (Intaglio):




The Shaw man mandated four designs (one landscape/nature, one portrait/human form, one abstract and maybe a still life?) per semester and at least five prints in the run.

Printmaking II (Woodcut) I took during a summer term, so it was only three designs instead of four, but one had to be like an 11x14 or larger.






Check out how young Liz looks! In the photo I was working from, she was 16, I think. In fact, the title might have been “Liz at 16.” The big one is something like “Contemplate the Faerie Wood,” and yes I think it was that long and silly on purpose.

Printmaking III (Collograph)





For my collographs, I think the plates themselves were more interesting. I need to take a picture of those sometime.

Of all my art classes, Mr. Shaw’s Printmaking classes felt the most like my mom’s art classes. I felt the way about the printmaking room the way I did about the art room at SHS… a sense of home and collaboration and freedom of expression.

Jaimie and I took the first three printmaking classes together and then I graduated. She went on to take Printmaking IV (Screenprinting) and do an Independent Study (Lithograph).

Retired site design

From June 2006 to October 2007, I used a site design on lauracatoe.com that I referred to (in my mind) as either "squares" or "jungle." This design stayed up longer than any other so far not because it was the favorite, but because it covered the time when I was pregnant up to my son being 7 months old.

It is one of two site designs (the other was for a college project for JSU) that I used javascript, and I was so proud of myself (the other time I had my then-boyfriend create the code for me).

So when you went to the home page, you saw:



But if you could've moused over all the letters at once you would have seen:



I archived a copy of the design here, if you want to see it "in action."

P.S. Retiring simultaneously, the "fishbowl" design of the blog:

Rainbow City Public Library



Illustration of the Month for October 2007
Logo and magnet design for the Rainbow City Public Library.