© sharon gross

Printmaking

My primary medium is linoleum printmaking, but I often combine it with paint, collage or monotype. I focus on a simple approach to making my prints and am inspired by the world I see around me, often a snapshot of life.

From the moment I begin to carve the block, I am very aware of the unique marks that are made during the printmaking process. They show the movement and feeling that I want to achieve in the print. Layers of color and texture are added to the process. As of late, I include printing with cardboard, found objects and styrofoam and may add hand-sewing to my art.

I print my own plates in small editions, often by using either a wooden kitchen spoon or a very simple etching press. The ability of how I use my hands becomes an intricate part of my printmaking process. Spontaneity and the accidental are a welcome surprise to my work.

All of this is needed for me to achieve the mood and feeling of the final print.

Greeting Cards

Every card is individually printed. The small blocks are printed with the back of a wooden kitchen spoon, similar to using a baren. This transfers the image from the block to the paper. Each design then has its own unique details added such as hand-coloring, sewn elements, or collage. The cards can be sold individually or in small editions with a maximum of 20.

Jewelry

Each piece of paper maché jewelry is unique with hand formed beads and paint decoration. The beads are combined with macramé knots or strung on different types of cord or leather to form each necklace.

The bracelets are one of a kind. Each is a different mix of macramé knots, cords, vintage buttons and beads.