I was surprised and pleased to receive notice that I've been included in a show at Art Center College of Design about my teacher Tony Zepeda's printmaking class legacy. If any of you are in Pasadena in the next few months, I hope you'll take the chance to go see the show.
I loved the time I spent learning from Tony and listening to his stories about his time working as a master printer maker at Gemini G.E.L. I have a lot of fond memories of his class even though the printmaking process was often stressful and I cried in class once (not because of his brusqueness though---but rather because I was having a hard time keeping up. Printmaking class was 7 hours long and had a second studio session of another 2-3 hours every week and I had a 7 class schedule the term that I took it. After I finished crying in his office, he was so kind that he gave me a little copper plate and let me borrow his diamond-tipped stylus and gifted me with one of his beautiful seashells from his collection at home, which I still have, and told me to go make a drypoint; I would feel much better. And so I did). He was so kind to me and Gia, and often told the class that Gia the guide-dog-in-training was his favorite student out of the lot of us. I hope that someday I will have access to a press again and get to put the intaglio skills he taught me to good use again. Until then, there's always homemade monoprints. . .