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Poughkeepsie Prints: Global!

2018 Program is complete. Look fora new session in 2019!

Poughkeepsie Prints: Global is a project of Barrett Art Center in collaboration with Adriance Library of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. Made possible through support from the Robert Chapman Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Instructor: Anita Fina Kiewra, Studio Manager, Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory Print Studios, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center.
Consultant: Elinor Levy, Folk Arts Program Manager, Arts Mid-Hudson

Program Schedule -  2018

July 7: Adinkra Printed Textiles - The Ashanti of Ghana using Adinkra symbols on cloth, pottery, and to decorate walls since the early 1800s. Each symbol has a name and a meaning based in values such as harmony, tolerance, and determination. Traditionally, stamps are created with calabash gourds using a dye made from the bark of the Kuntunki tree and iron slag. For this workshop, participants learn about the symbols’ history and meaning while creating their own Adinkra stamps and project, using materials easily available to Poughkeepsie.

August 4: Oaxacan Printmaking - Join us on the day before the Oaxacan Festival La Guelaguetza and explore the tradition of graphic arts and printmaking from this Mexican state. An art that predates the Mexican Revolution (1910), makers of Oaxcan prints range from striking teachers to renown artists. Participants will create their own print using the theme of “What makes you angry,” while exploring the history of Oaxacan printmaking.

August 11: Indian Woodblock Printed Textiles - Dating back to the 3rd century, Indian woodblock printing is a group effort with a different person handling each step of the process. For this workshop, participants will be creating a block print textile from beginning to end while uncovering the history and techniques of this ancient craft.

August 18: Mokuhanga – This Japanese technique originated in China, becoming popular in Japan during the Edo (Tokugawa) Period (1603-1868). Using carved wood blocks and water-based inks, the results have vibrancy and transparency. Participants will learn about the history of Mokuhanga while making their own wood block style images.

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