I’ve been working on a project for a long time called “In the Service of the Song” or ITSOTS when I’m journaling about it. It’s a printed matter work about my ten year love affair with Old Time. One of the central kickoffs for it is a series of typeset prints of my favorite banjo tunings, or rather, my favorite banjo tunes I play–typesetting the keys they are played in. (I’ve posted images here before.) It’s taken a long time to get to the form they are now taking. The image here is representative of that—linocuts.
Let me tell me you about this here particular image. I was invited by the Ford Theatres to participate in a summer program called #FindYourSpace. In a nutshell, they opened their plaza up for various practitioners to come and practice. They like the community-based nature of old time music. I thought I would use the opportunity to do two things that I don’t get to do in my regular duties as one third of Triple Chicken Foot: 1. a Community Sing and 2. an old time jam with the core of the jam being all-ladies. I picked two Wednesdays for each. I was inspired to create a graphic and since I’d started fooling around with linocuts since taking a workshop with Daniel Gonzalez, thought to take the graphic and make a limited edition of prints. I brought them to aardvark letterpress near MacArthur Park and when I walked in there was a stack of prints from the cover of Gillian Welch’s latest album and I took that as a good omen. I know that Brooks hooked me up and went out of his way for an amateur. I had to wait a long time to get them finished and we’re now weeks away from that last session at the Ford, but it was worth it! Hit me up if you want one. I’m only asking twenty bucks!