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6.10.19

artist residency in Montefiore Conca



Montefiore Conca. Again in my blog another post has this setting. 
I have been spending here two very intense weeks in a wonderful artist residency – thanks to Opificio della Rosa. 
The printmaking laboratory is built up in a corner of the Middle Age castle of Montefiore and I shared it with a German artist from UK, Thomas Gosebruch. 

the printmaking lab in the castle

We got on very well, he was carving wood with his Tonkita machine while I drawned my etchings in Copper Solphate. And it was really a great chance to show him my work and hearing his opinion. Idea exchange is always a great way of growing up: I really believe in talking together, even if your work is very different.
Also, at night we went for walks near the wood together and looked for owls in the surroundings: one night we finally saw one flying toward us!

Thomas after all-day printing

I worked 2 whole weeks on my project about forest and animals: the trees were made by overlapping different etchings, and adding the animals at the very end: I realized them with drypoint on plastic (that I really do not like so much: I always prefer metal to plastic). 

printing the first tree - etching on zinc plate



I was really happy about this time spent there: it gave me the chance to really get concentrate on my project, completely and full-time. I went in the lab in the morning and spent there the whole day printing and etching. There were sometimes problems to solve but the situation and the context were perfect for finding solutions.

finding the best solution...
overlapping trees


different tree overlapped prints
trying animals on plastic
animals printed
You can also see a very nice video of the finished project with animals here, thanks to Jacopo.

They say that there is Costanza ghost sometimes in the alleys of the castles. I did not see her, but at night when I sometimes closed the gate with the heavy iron chain, for sure I felt a breathtaking suspance looking down at the sea and the orizon far away.


22.9.19

burin Simposium with Koichi Yamamoto

copper plate and print
28th August. A new experience begins: I am in Montefiore Conca (Rimini) for a burin Simposium kept by Koichi Yamamoto organized by Opificio della Rosa.
The place is great, a Middle Age castle surrounded by woods full of owls and crickets (and boars that unfortunately I did not see).

Montefiore castle




The class is the right size: 9 people with some experience in burin and intaglio.

Koichi is a really good teacher: he explains everything with clear examples and shows carefully every single step: how to handle the burins, how to sharpen them with the right angle and how to move your hand in the right way in order to carve straight and round lines.

burins and copper plate
And we really need that! (I do, at least: it takes me one whole day to learn how to keep it in my hand! and I keep on breaking its pint so I really practice sharpening).

burin sharpener

The Simposium is from 28th August to 1st September, 5 whole days to get in the burin mood: we also learn how to take advantage of Japanese Washi very light paper in printing our copper plates carved by burin...

simmetric prints


And we experiment some collage tecniques too.

collage with washi paper
Sometimes Koichi plays his ukulele while we print, composing songs that tell our work difficulties in the printing laboratory! Fun time!

Koichi playing ukulele

Of course at the end of the day the wall is full of our prints.
And we are ready to go for a deserved beer at the village Bar.

prints on the wall

28.6.19

'brucia' - typefaces for the cover title 
I just realized a new project for the courses 'Xilografia' e 'Progettazione grafica tipografica' kept by Marina Bindella @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.
It is an artist book inspired to a big fire that distroyed the forest in the Dolomities last October. 
Each illustration is made by overlapping two or three different linoleum matrices. 
The cover is handcoloured with a handmade ink and printed with typefaces.
I hope I will soon find a way to show it somewhere from real! :)



'brucia' - the cover is ready

'brucia' - the smoke in the wood, inside page
'brucia' - the fire, inside page

'brucia' -  the paper for the cover is drying in the sun

24.6.19

Crack 2019 - etching and digital prints
From 20th to 23rd June I was @ Crack with my prints.
I brought some prints taken from 'Il minipimer della nonna', some etchings, softground and woodcut prints too.
Thanks to all the friends who came and say 'hi' and everyone who bought and appreciate my work.


Crack 2019 - my prints on the wall

Crack 2019 - there are some woodcut prints too

12.5.19


'il minipimer della nonna' - text composition

'il minipimer della nonna' - text printed!

'il minipimer della nonna' - drying text
'il minipimer della nonna' now has a new text, completely hand composed and printed (thanks to Atelier Insigna!).
Now it is finally ready to go to Foggia @ Rigorosamente libri, Quarta Rassegna Biennale del Libro d'artista, Galleria della Fondazione dei Monti Uniti, Via Arpi, 152.
8 June - 10 July 2019
Thanks also to Laura Anfuso for inviting me to take part to this event.

21.4.19


wip - cutting small paper sheets for printing
wip - trying different kinds of paper
wip - maybe I found the right one!
I started this new etching project @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma.
Here you are some wip pictures about printing and choosing the right paper, just to excite curiosity.
I will show you more later on. Stay tuned.

28.3.19

litography - printing @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

litography - printing time @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma

litography - printing time @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma
Finally printing my drawing with electric press @ Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, in class 016 bis.
I love delicacy of calcareous stones.

17.3.19

clairepas, etching on paper and zinc plate

clairepas, etching on paper
I just finished this etching for an artist book with other artists of Scuola d'Arte e dei mestieri di San Giacomo. 
Thanks to Elisabetta Diamanti and Maria Pina Bentivenga who invited me. 
The textes in the book are written by the poet Claudio Claudi and there will be an exposition soon. Stay tuned.

2.3.19

yesterday at Libreria Tuba. a very nice talk with Michela and Giovanna. thanks to everyone who came! here you are some pictures.
talking @ Tuba with Sarah, Giovanna and Michela

'il minipimer della nonna', zinc plate and print
 
exposition in Tuba

20.2.19

clairepas - il minipimer della nonna

clairepas - il minipimer della nonna
Il minipimer della nonna (Granny's blender) is an artist book I made a couple of years ago. 6 handprinted etchings from zinc plates.
there will be a small exhibition at Tuba bazar, Pigneto, Roma.
vernissage on 1st March at 7 p.m.

there will be a talk with Michela Becchis and Giovanna Ranaldi, the illustrator of Il bosco la ragazza il lupo. we were very pleased to talk with them about Giovanna's book and Cappuccetto Rosso a couple of weeks ago at Tuba.
this will be the second part.

frames are ready. prints too.
today I am going to print some postcards too.

I am waiting for you all to come.

* thanks to Elisabetta Diamanti and Maria Pina Bentivenga, my intaglio teachers from Scuola di arti e mestieri di san giacomo; the printers Giancarlo Busato and Valerio from Stamperia d'arte Busato where I printed my work; my friend Barbara who shared with me the whole idea of the project. and Tuba of course.

18.12.18

clairepas - calendar 2019
just to remind you that my 2019 calendar is ready, if you want a copy for you or to give someone as a present, there are some ready. email me: clairepas@gmail.com.

3.12.18

Anna Levine is the author of 'All eyes on Alexandra', the last picture book I illustrated for Kar-Ben Publisher that came out on August 2018.
In the Interview by Nicole Pyles Anna wrote very nice words about my work, and I discovered we are very similar in our creative process.

I think the way she 'enters' the reality she is going to write about is very similar to my way of getting closer to things when I start working on a new project. For example, if I have to draw trees, I go to the park and start sketching trees from real. It is like her pulling her boots and hat on :)
Of course she describes this much better than me in her post, so take a few minutes of your time, have a look and read!
Thanks Anna for your work, and writing these things about my illustrations.
clairepas - from 'All eyes on Alexandra'


20.11.18

december is coming but we are not afraid of wind, rain and cold.
calendar 2019 is ready.
you will find animals doing amazing and relaxing activities.
they will stay with you all year long so that you'll keep on mind that you have to enjoy life and take your time. 
if you want to reserve a copy or more infos you can email me: clairepas@gmail.com.
here you are some months.
 
clairepas - calendar 2019, January

clairepas - calendar 2019, May

clairepas - calendar 2019, October


13.11.18

clairepas, coloured pencil and pen drawing, November 2018
a new experience started. I have enrolled at Academy of Fine Arts, here in Rome.
let's see what happens. if I discover new worlds.
meantime, I draw.

30.10.18

my friend Alexandra Miletta some days ago wrote very nice words about me in her blog. have a look.
our friendship growing up through years. thanks Andra.


20.10.18

Yesterday I was at Link Campus University all day long with Penelope Filacchione to set up the space for my first solo oil painting exhibition. 
It will be part or RAW and here you are some pictures of the location. 
But if you come next Monday for the vernissage you'll see the paintings live, and there will be a video too.
(scroll down in the previous post for more info about time and address).

clairepas, morfologie musicali, Link Campus University, RAW 2018

clairepas, morfologie musicali, Link Campus University, RAW 2018
clairepas, morfologie musicali, Link Campus University, RAW 2018