Letterpress & Curiosities
"Stretchmarks" explores the landscape of the Burren, County Clare, Ireland. The process of creating this series is a reflection of travel, movement through space, and reflection of the experience. I investigated the microcosm of the land forms, its flora and fauna, as well as maps of the area as well as the world. By flipping back and forth between micro and macro views, I mimicked the back-and-forth process of movement and reflection, and the importance of a specific place within the context of the world.
The print with the double map projection investigates the maps and the intent of the map maker. Space is stretched and distorted to fit onto a 2-dimensional surface to suit specific purposes. Similarly, we view the world around us with our own per-established set of parameters that we use to decode things around us. By understanding what these parameters are and how they came to be set, we can seek a deeper meaning into our understanding and preconceptions.
Each piece is a double-sided mono print that incorporates hand embroidery through the piece. The creation of this line involves first a creation of a dotted line and then a doubling-back over itself to create a solid line. This process is reminiscent of the act of traveling and then a "revisiting" the experience to consider its meaning.
Current Location Letterpress & Curiosities creates small edition greeting cards, stationary, and delights. Current Location is owned and operated by Raychel Steinbach Lauen in her transient home-based studio, presently located in Bangkok, Thailand.
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