AGITPROP. PARTIE TROIS. (Or How Things Evolve)

Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2017. Screen print on newsprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. The United Faces of America. 2017. Screen print on newsprint.

Adapted The United Faces of America to a single color image. Pulled some test prints on newsprint. Step #2: Experiment with hand tinting certain areas. Step #3: Print on Kraft paper.  Thank you, Compound Gallery for the Agitprop Residency Program and your astute feedback and support.

This exercise started as a multicolor image that we adapted to work for a 3-color image for screen printing to a single-color image (with some hand tinting) in the interest of time. Parameters set the tone, and it’d always fun to work with.

The United Faces of America. 2017. Image for 3-color screenprint.
The United Faces of America. 2017. Image for 3-color screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Resist. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Resist. 2016. Adobe Illustrator.

 

My poster at the same show with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti sold for 350$. Double Gulp!

My screen-printed poster the was up for auction at the Art Auction With Impact along with work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti show this past Saturday (22nd October, 2016) in San Francisco sold for 350$. You can have it for 30$ 🙂 (plus shipping). I can give you a shipping discount if you are local.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

 

My poster at the same show with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Gulp!

I have a little limited edition screen-printed poster up for auction along with work by Lawrence Ferlinghetti at the Art Auction With Impact show this Saturday (22nd October, 2016) in San Francisco. If you can’t afford work by Ferlinghetti, you will definitely be able to afford work by me. Check it out! Respond via Facebook. Buy tickets via Eventbrite.

 

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

The Artists behind Tara Books

Tara books. Silkworm Tree (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.

Tara Books is one of my absolute favorite publishers of picture books. Founded in 1994, this fiercely independent publisher out of  Chennai, India, has been killing it with their limited edition screen printed books along with sourcing traditional artists to do the artwork for these books. Two of my favorites include:

Waterlife features “Mithila art, a vibrant and delicate form of folk painting from Bihar in eastern India. The artist Rambharos Jha grew up on the banks of the legendary river Ganga, and surrounded by lush fields and ponds, developed a fascination for water and water life. In this visually stunning book, artist Rambharos Jha creates an unusual artist’s journal, adapting the motifs of the Mithila style to express his own vision. He frames his art with a playful text that evokes both childhood memory and folk legend.” (As described by Tara Books)

Rambharos Jha. The Octopus at Home. 2011. Screenprint on Handmade Paper.
Rambharos Jha. The Octopus at Home. 2011. Screenprint on Handmade Paper.
Rambharos Jha. The Lobster. 2011. Screenprint on Handmade Paper.
Rambharos Jha. The Lobster. 2011. Screenprint on Handmade Paper.

The Nightlife of Trees features “intricately drawn visions of trees fill the pages of this sumptuous book of art and folklore from the Gond tribe in central India. In Gond belief, trees stand in the middle of life, and the spirit of many things lie in them. They are busy all day, giving shade and support and shelter and food to all. Only when night falls can they find rest for themselves, and then, under quiet dark skies, the spirits that live in them are revealed. Recreated from original art by Ram Singh Urveti, Bhajju Shyam and Durga Bai, three of the finest living artists of the Gond tradition, The Night Life of Trees is a tribute to the majesty of trees, and to old ways of relating to the natural world. Each painting is accompanied by its own poetic tale, myth or lore – narrated by the artists themselves recreating the familiarity and awe with which the Gond people view the cosmos.” (As described by Tara Books)

Tara books. Mahua Tree (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.
Tara books. Mahua Tree (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.

“Gonds make liquor from the flowers of the Mahua tree. If you take small amounts, and mix it with good herbs, it is a medicine for many ailments. If you drink a little more, it is pleasant. But if you drink too much, your very form can change, and depending on your character, you may become a mouse or a tiger, a pig or pigeon.”

Tara books. The Silkworm's Home (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.
Tara books. The Silkworm’s Home (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.

“There was a time when people used plain cloth and yarn. Then they discovered that the silkworm weaves wonderful thread, and took it from him to make clothes. Before he is found, the silkworm sits in the threads of his own making on the Bamur tree.”

Tara books. The Nagphani Tree (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.
Tara books. The Nagphani Tree (From The Nightlife of Trees). 2006.

The Nagphani tree seems to bite, for its branches are full of thorns and its leaves are shaped like the hood of a snake. It has great strength and healing powers. Its wood is hard enough to be used as a crowbar, or to carry a heavy bridal palanquin. And its healing is so gentle and quick that a bullock with sore eyes needs only the sap from the Nagphani mixed with a little bit of water to cure it.

They recently launched an exhibition: ‘Floor to Book: Women’s Everyday Art Traditions.’ and released this video.

It brought back memories of all the South Indian ladies making Kolam in front of their homes first thing in the AM. They would sweep their patio, and yard. Splash water, and scrub the floor with a broom made out of stiff twigs. Dry the floor and start making these amazing geometric patterns using rice powder.

I also remember my grandma making Alponaa (the Bengali version of floor designs) every morning in her puja room using rice “paint” (rice flour mixed with water to a dripping consistency). She would then dip a piece of muslin cloth in the rice paint, and start squeezing the fabric so that the paint would drip down her little finger while supporting the elbow of her  drawing arm with the fingers of her other one, as she moved quickly across the floor making these elaborate patterns.

Every time Narendra Modi and his henchmen make me feel utterly ashamed of the atrocities they have inflicted in my home country, Tara Books reminds me of its amazing traditions and lifts me up from the political cynicism that I sink into. For that, and keeping dying traditions alive, I thank you, Tara Books!

Tara Books on Brain Pickings.

LunaSpace is on Etsy

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

Some of you have asked me, if I ever sell any of the stuff that I have made. So, I have finally opened a store on Etsy, LunaSpace. Currently, there is only ONE design up for sale, as a limited edition single color screen print for 30.00 USD (+ shipping) per print.  The design is available in two color combinations, with 55 prints available in each combination: Black Ink on White Paper (Domtar Cougar Natural) , and, White Ink on Brown Paper (Speckletone Kraft by French Paper Company). The poster measures 16″ x 20″ and fits into a standard size frame. The paper is 100 lb cover weight, archival, acid-free paper, with some recycled content, and Made in the USA. The inks are also Made in the USA, water-based and non-toxic. Each print is hand-numbered and signed by me.

The print, which, is available on Etsy, is an updated version of a smaller illustration that I had done as a cover plate for the Punchatantra (Penguin, 1998). The book has been out of print for a while now.

I revised the original design to include details that would have cluttered my original paperback page size image, but, will enhance this poster-sized version. I hope you will take the time to stop by my store for additional information, and may be even buy one. And, yes, I will add additional prints, or other paper goods for sale over the next few months. Please let me know if you would like to see any specific design available for purchase, or need any more information. Thanks!

Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life. 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.
Aditi Raychoudhury. Tree of Life (Detail). 2014. Limited Edition Screenprint.

Screen Test

I took a screen printing class in 2001. While I am not proud of what I achieved, I learned that I work better in a self-structured environment. Continue reading