Marfa water tower block print
Marfa is known for many things. Having a lot of exposure to small towns in my life, I think of Marfa as just another small Texas town... with a whole lot going on other than the peach-colored courthouse! People are drawn to the remote far West Texas town for the art, the quiet, the fresh air, and the beautiful light that illuminates the high desert region.
I print this design on 3 different colors of paper (currently only two are shown - sorry, printing mishap!). The main photo is shown on "warm grey", as is the print against the orange wall. You can see how the color of paper picks up the light around it. The "kraft brown" color is a darker, light brown color that I think is so perfect for anything "Western". I will add another photo to show the "natural" paper as soon as I can! Natural is slightly yellow-hued off-white, like homemade vanilla ice cream.
** if no paper color is chosen, the default is WARM GREY
FRAME-LESS display: As shown in the photos, you can hang the print free of framing and it looks really cool. I chose a vintage skirt (or trouser) hanger I found on Etsy. In humid climates, there might be slight curling at the bottom of the print, so if you order with the intention of displaying it this way, I will send some archival tape, and a piece of archival museum board to affix on the back of the bottom to weight it down a bit and to prevent side curling.
FRAMING: Pictured is the large century plant block print, which is the same dimensions as the Marfa water tower. It's in a frame I purchased on Amazon from a company called Quadro Frames (this link goes to their retail page where appropriate sizes for this print can be found). On Amazon they offer a 12 x 26 size, plastic and plexiglass frame that is very light, relatively easy to assemble (think IKEA level of brain power needed), and easy to hang. Their main website offers a variety of sizes and options for glass instead of plexiglass. For the one I framed I mounted (taped!) the print to the backing board, which is a really nice earthy color and allows the torn edges to be part of the look.
If you have the funds, and the patience, professional framing would be beautiful. It would require custom matting and frame due to the unique size, but ultimately would make this print last for a very, very long time.
Mailed flat via USPS Priority shipping
What is block printing?
I use a soft, rubbery block to carve the relief of the design I want to print. What's carved away becomes the negative space, where ink is not going to make an impression on paper. I use water-based ink and you can feel the raised markings- it's very tactile. For now I do not have a press, I use body weight and a baren to press the design onto the paper. I kind of love doing work that I could still do without electricity!