Printmaking and St. Augustine’s

I call myself a printmaker more often than I call myself an artist because I work in print mediums almost exclusively, but also because I am endlessly passionate about learning the processes and history of the art form.  Because of this I am excited by the overlap of forms of printmaking inherent at St. Augustine’s. The most obvious example of this is apparent before even entering the church. In the walkway up to the door is the crest found in the pavement.

The crest and cast bronze detailing on the edges of the paths lend themselves perfectly to the most basic of printmaking processes that we learned as children: rubbings. Taking an imprint on a piece of paper by rubbing a crayon over a headstone or inlaid crest is a simple example of how integrated printmaking is with a site like this one and how there is a rich tradition of this that already exists. These sorts of parallels are inspiring my time in the Old Schoolhouse and a great joy to look into of the facets and strong history of the art form I love.

Included is a supremely charming British Pathé film from 1961 I found while researching that explores brass rubbings:


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