Artist Elizabeth Catlett, who said the purpose of her art was to “present black people in their beauty and dignity for ourselves and others to understand and enjoy,” was born on this day in 1915. 

[Elizabeth Catlett. Sharecropper. 1952, published 1968-70. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 José Sanchez / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VEGAP, Spain]

Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas
Photolithographic poster printed in red and black
Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office
Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man’s eternal fight against tyranny. In this war, we know, books are weapons.
Franklin D. Roosevelt


I got some of Stuart Semple’s black pigments and used it to linoprint some Black Shucks. I’m still figuring out the mix but I’m getting a flatter, matter finish than I ever have done with my regular relief inks. It’s good stuff!

I’m intending to work into the plate a lil more and then have some of these for sale on my etsy, keep your eyes peeled for that!