Wendy Ketchum

This series of woodcut monoprints was inspired by my love of history and vintage photographs. Driving through New England cities I have always been intrigued by the long rows of massive brick buildings that once contained thousands of textile mill workers — mostly women. The work is derived from old photos of mill workers, various textual ephemera, vintage maps, and fabric patterns of the mills’ woven fabric. I create my woodcut monoprints through an intuitive process of layering – of color, form, plates, and mixed techniques – in order to produce one-of-a-kind prints without a pre-conceived plan. After numerous runs through the press using multiple plates, the print is transformed into its final image.

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