This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2019. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Rebecca Chamlee is a book artist, printer, writer and bookbinder who has published letterpress printed, limited-edition ne press and artist's books under the imprint of Pie In The Sky Press since 1986. Her work is in prominent special and private collections throughout the U.S. and has been exhibited widely.
Rebecca is an associate professor at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where she teaches bookbinding, letterpress printing and artist's book classes and heads the Book Arts minor program. She also holds workshops at her studio and book arts centers throughout the country.
Description of Process
Letterpress print of Valley oak, Quercus lobata, acorn and leaves.
The Valley Oak grows into the largest of North American oaks. It ranges over the hot interior valleys of California where there is a water table within reach of the roots. Valley Oaks grow quickly, reaching 20 feet in 5 years, and 40 feet in 10 years, and up to 60 feet in 20 years. Mature specimens may attain an age of up to 600 years. Its thick, ridged bark is characteristic and evokes alligator hide. The sturdy trunk of the Valley oak may exceed two to three meters in diameter and its stature may approach 100 feet in height.
Printed from photopolymer plates in four colors in tight registration from photographs of specimens found in the native oak woodlands Southern California.
Printed on natural 150gsm Asuka, Kozo and Pulp machine-made paper from Echizen, Japan.