75 DRAWINGS: EXPLORATIONS IN MONO-PRINTING showcases the results of artist and quilt maker Nancy Crow’s determination to learn the art of mono-printing using Procion MX thickened dyes on cotton cloth.
After first learning how to mono-print in a class taught by English artist, Claire Benn, Nancy acted on a long held desire to commence “drawing” on fabric. Nancy had taught drawing (on paper) while in graduate school and understood that it had an immediacy that could be exhilarating. After years of machine-piecing, her preferred approach to quilt making, she found it laborious and wanted to experience a more intense, immediate result while creating. To start the process of understanding the intricacies of mono-printing, Nancy set up parameters for herself on how to approach this new medium that included both a very set 9am-8pm daily studio schedule and abstinence from computers and phones. She drilled into herself that only the mono-printing could absorb her 24/7, that there would be no focus on anything else during each two month time allocation.
Over two years she produced more than 200 mono-prints, most never shown before. The 75 drawings on exhibit include very small early pieces along with tall major works. They are hung in sequence so viewers can follow her progress as the works become covered with vastly more intense mark-making due to her playing with iterations in size & value scales. Nancy considers these works to be quilted drawings. Currently she is again working on machine-piecing in her studio on her 100 acre farm in rural Ohio. She will have a major solo show at The University of Nebraska in 2019.
Photo Credit: ©Nancy Crow photographer J Kevin Fitzsimons.