Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
Debby Stratford to Demonstrate Printmaking Sept. 12 at Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea
On Saturday, Sept. 12, Debby Stratford, of Louisville, will demonstrate linoleum block printmaking from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.
Stratford, who cuts images into linoleum blocks and prints them with a small press, has always created artwork, beginning in first grade.
“I taught art to my classmates in second grade, and I fell in love with printmaking in high school,” Stratford said. “My philosophy has always been that to teach art, you have to make art. So, for years, I have been teaching in the daytime and printing during breaks from school.”
Originally from Pennsylvania, Stratford earned her degree in art education from Edinboro State College and went on to teach art in the Pennsylvania public schools. When her father, an ornamental iron artisan, moved to Louisville in 1977 to set up a metal shop, Stratford and her husband followed. While teaching art, she studied at the University of Louisville under John Whitsel and received her Master of Arts degree in teaching in 1984.
Photos, left to right: Green linoleum block with image cut into the surface and the black and white resulting print: Stratford demonstrates printmaking at the center
Printmaking is the result of marks made into a surface. That surface can be metal, stone, wood, linoleum, cardboard, or even plastic foam. Printmakers refer to the surface as a plate. The relief prints that Stratford makes are created by carving into or gouging out the surface of a linoleum block. The carved surface is then covered with ink using a brayer or roller. Paper is placed onto the inked surface and pressed by hand or with a printing press.
Works by Stratford are regularly available at the center, located just off Interstate 75 at Berea Exit 77. The center’s exhibits, shopping and travel information areas are open daily, year-round, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
The center features works by more than 700 artisans from more than 100 counties across the Commonwealth. A gallery exhibit, “Turn, Turn, Turn: Lathe-turned Works by Kentucky Artisans,” is on display through Sept. 12, and in the lobby “Weaving in Kentucky: A Continuing Tradition” is on display through Nov. 14. For information about the center’s events call 859-985-5448, visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kentucky.artisan.center, or go to the center’s website at www.kentuckyartisancenter.ky.gov.
Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea is an agency in the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.