Author Archives: Libby Clarke

2016: Valentine Card Printing / Sale

Come to the Atrium area on February 11, 12:30-3:00pm. That’s this Thursday!

The City Tech Printmaking Club will be holding its 3rd Annual Potato Valentine Printing (free to all) and will also have cards printed and hand-printed by members for sale.


First Meeting, Fall 15

Our first meeting was spectacular! We leapt into relief printing, and I have to say every single person rocked the world! Next week, we will continue with relief printing, working with linoleum and MDF plates! Now we will get ratified and get funds from the college to build materials, plan program, and delve further into the world of the multiple!

Printmaking Club Meeting Today!!

Printmaking Club Meeting: Learn to Print TODAY

September 17, Room N1119
Club Hour (12:45-2:15pm)

Please come to our first meeting this Thursday September 17th at 12:45 in Namm 1119.

There will be a demonstration of a two-color linoleum printing process that you can learn how to do this semester.

The print below was made right here at City Tech using materials you can easily master.

We’ll also do a little organizational work to choose club officers and take down names for club certification.

If you wish to be listed as a club member but cannot attend this meeting, it is important that you provide us with your name, full address, email, and empl. ID, which is the eight-digit ID number issued to you by the school.  Club rules require that we have a least 15 non-officer members, so your name is needed!

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

See you soon,

David Barthold
Club Co-Advisor
718 260 5139

Prof. Libby Clarke
Club Co-Advisor



Workshop with Artist Julia Elsas

On May 7, in N1119 during Club Hours, the Printmaking Club had a spectacular workshop with artist Julia Elsas on simple bookbinding techniques.


Booklyn’s Educational Resources

Come to a local printmaking show!

Work by Julia Elsas

Bite. Spit. Repeat.

The Gowanus Studio Space 2014 Printmaking Residency Exhibition
April 17-19, 2015

Opening Reception April 17, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
(if you come, there will be alcohol and I will be all over you checking for ID because I like you safe and sound!)

Julia Elsas  |  Rita MacDonald  |  Daniel Anthony Vasquez

There will be two musical interludes during the 6-9pm opening:


  • Mark Feldman (violin) solo
  • Mark Feldman (violin) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) duo


  • Kenny Wollesen (udu drum) solo
  • Other special guests TBA.

The GSS Print Residency is possible due to generous donations by Bill Goldston and Kiki Smith.
Learn more about the studio and the Print Residency including how to apply at


Julia Elsas

Julia Elsas was born in Birmingham, Alabama and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  She received a BA from Carleton College and an MFA from UC Davis. While studying at Davis, she received the Robert Arneson Award, the Fay Nelson Award, and two Freedmond Gadberry Awards. Past exhibitions include: Art Merge Lab, Los Angeles, CA; One Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY; International Print Center, New York, NY; CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY; Bronx Art Space, New York, NY; Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; Barbara Archer Gallery, Atlanta, GA; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC; Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; Branch Gallery, Durham, NC; Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC; Cinders, Brooklyn, NY; Pigman Gallery, San Francisco, CA; JAYJAY, Sacramento, CA; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA. She was an Artist Fellow at Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, VA in 2009 and 2010 as well as an Artist-in-Residence at the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA in 2010.  She is a 2014 Resident Artist at Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn, NY and teaches printmaking and bookbinding at SUNY Purchase and Montclair State University.

Daniel Vasquez

Daniel Anthony Vasquez was born in Las Higuerras, El Salvador. He received a BA from Rowan University in 2007. Vasquez works predominantly with works on paper. He is currently focusing on printmaking as the result of his recent awarded residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop and the Gowanus Studio Space. His selected exhibitions include Language Forged out of Place; In and Out of Context; and Treasure Island at the Lower East Side Printshop. Other recent group exhibitions include Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Brooklyn Waterfront Coalition, Brooklyn NY; Studio 1950, New York, NY. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Rita MacDonald

Rita MacDonald is a Brooklyn based artist whose work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Wave Hill in the Bronx, Smack Mellon in Brooklyn and The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, MN as well as in group exhibitions at Storefront Ten Eyck in Brooklyn, Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, Cheryl Hazan Gallery and Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, both in New York and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. Through a Fellowship Grant from Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosedale, NY, MacDonald published an Artist’s Book which is included in several major Public Collections, including the libraries of both Yale University and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. In 2011, she completed her first major public work – two permanent mosaic works for New York MTA’s Arts for Transit Program at the Ave J and Ave M Stations on the Brighton Line (B/Q) in Brooklyn. MacDonald was born in Braintree, Massachusetts and received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.


Rita MacDonald

Working with images of decorative patterns in clothing, interior design and architecture, I make both small-scale pencil drawings and prints on paper and large-scale temporary wall drawing installations using everyday building materials. In both bodies of work, I’m primarily interested in pattern for its geometry and for that geometry’s relationship to the human body.

Much of my installation work is site-specific, and I’m often drawn to transitory or overlooked public spaces in an attempt to make them places for a more personal interaction. I like to explore the line – and the sometimes inexplicably fuzzy edges – between the grandness of scale in public architecture and the intimacy of personal domestic spaces. The images in my wall drawings begin as flat pattern, then contort to form a recognizable image of loose fabric or paper in a three-dimensional space. The optical effects of the pattern create scale shifts and illusions of movement and volume that push up against the flatness of the wall.

In much the same way, my works on paper begin with images of patterns on clothing and explore the body’s implied connection to, and impact upon, that pattern. They are very deliberate observations of very small subjects – a swatch, a fold, a seam, a pleat or an indentation – and are recorded at actual size through a process of building up layers of repetitive marks.

Julia Elsas

As a mixed-media artist, I am continually exploring a range of materials and processes. My current work encompasses monoprints, cyanotypes, collage and other works on paper, as well as textiles, sculpture, installation, and ceramics. I am especially interested in clothing and fabrics used in and associated with women’s intimate apparel, which I often incorporate into my two- and three-dimensional pieces. Since these garments are made to reveal and conceal, I see them as suggestive of the tension between secrecy and exposure in acts of courtship, sensuality, and violence.  In my current monoprint series, I am exploring the physical, aesthetic, and conceptual ramifications of inking and printing industrial elastic and nylon that has been reconstructed, stretched, and torn.

Daniel Vasquez

My works on paper include drawings and printmaking, with a special interest in woodblock printing. Drawing is an essential and preliminary step in my artistic practice and final Woodblock prints. In producing my designs and abstractions for my prints, I’m greatly inspired and influenced by patterns and designs of Tribal Arts from Africa, Oceania and Southeast Asia among other communication forms of indigenous cultures. After I have my desired drawings on paper to work from as guides, I carve out my designs and images onto found processed plywood plates to be then printed onto paper. Each woodblock comes with its own individual temperament and workable limitations, which at times, forces me to diverge from my original sketches. Regularly, the individuality of each wood piece predicates the design it will accept. Through the act of laboriously carving out my design, I engage and explore the different and unique qualities of each specific woodblock. I choose found woodblock plates to allow for unexpected nuances and imperfect elements to surface onto my work. In addition, working with wood material provides an organic aesthetic and visually tactile quality to my works. The wood quality of my prints carries with it an historical precedence and legacy, significantly speaking to a loss and rediscovery of my identity. As such, the wood medium is itself the source of inspiration.

Meeting: April 2, 2015

The PMC is kicking butt! We have settled on a general plan for the rest of the semester. We will print screen prints of student work after Spring Break, then add some stenciling and possibly relief printing from there. Join in the fun!

We are just starting to explore the stencil as a form. We welcome any student from any department. No art training? No problem!

April 02 2015: Meeting in N1104

Club Business:

  • Finalize calendar for the rest of the year
  • Make sure everyone is able to do their duties
  • Talk about funding for screen print
  • Funding a bottle jack press: GoFundMe? CLT Barthold is improving the design Prof. Clarke found. This could really happen!

Here is another design for the bottle jack press:

The Work

  • We will look at the films CLT Barthold has made so far for screen printing.
  • Prof. Clarke will do a demo of pouchoir and let you all print as well.
    • Materials needed:
      • black/white image
      • exacto knife
      • stiff paper
      • ink, paint
      • ink applicators
      • cutting surfaces (do NOT use the desk tops)

Here is some great pouchoir monoprints on an etching press:

And all that great graffiti out there? If it is not free hand, it is stencil-based, and depending on how the stencil is used it could be pouchoir.

This week: members learn to prep files for screen printing!

Here is a basic web-friendly logo for general use.

Printmaking Club meeting this week!

March 5, N1120  |  12:45 – 2:15pm

General Agenda (12:45-1:15):

Actually, some of this could be taken care of over email with the officers….

  • Signing up the rest of our members
  • Delineating duties
    • Writing constitution
    • Membership fee?
    • Filling out paperwork
    • Filling in the website (making officers admins)
    • Developing first field trip to GSS (poll members)

Printmaking Agenda  (1:15-2:15):

If you are a member:

  • Please bring a small drawing (say 6″ x 8″ at most). We will print these on paper. NO T-SHIRTS, please do not ask.
  • You need to use ink, dark pencil, or thick marker to create this drawing. The line quality needs to be opaque and at least fairly thick, like this drawing by David:


  • Very brief intro to all general methods of fine art printmaking
  • What is screen printing?
    • Equipment
    • Methods

  • Introducing the project: single color screenprints
    • Preparing drawings for making good photo stencil screens
    • Scanning images
    • Editing in Photoshop
    • Saving print quality files

David and I will take your files, create films, then bring in exposed screens and ink for you. You will need to supply your own paper when we print. Please note: if a lot of people sign up, we will have to figure out how to manage the project. 

Location and date for printing to be decided.