Gladiolus by Stella Loveland Towne

Gladiolus by Stella Loveland Towne

Gladiolus

Stella Loveland Towne

Title

Gladiolus

 
Artist
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
White-line color woodcut 
Image Size
7 3/8 x 6 1/4" image 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
not stated, presumed small 
Annotations
pencil titled 
Reference
 
Paper
antique-white laid 
State
proof 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
19213 
Price
SOLD
Description

This color woodcut was done using a single block, printed in what is referred to as the "Provincetown" or white-line method. The linear design is cut away so that it does not hold any ink and prints as white. The remaining relief areas, which are separated by the white lines, are then individually colored and then printed. This method, because of its directness and depending on the artist's skill, did not generally produce a consistent "edition", each one would vary slightly in color, density of the ink and gradations of the color.

Stella Towne designed tiles for California Faience Pottery in Berkeley, California and probably learned the white line method from California School of Arts & Crafts' teachers Cora Boone and William S. Rice. Her Arts & Crafts inspired prints would easily translate to a fired tile.