Jeff Palmer is busy. “I will be vending Saturdays at PVD Artisans Market at Lippitt Park on Hope Street and Providence Flea on most Sundays throughout the season,” begins the linocut block print artist known on Instagram as PixelPalmer and doing business as Taft Street Studios. “I will also be showing up at Field of Artisans pop-ups at Narragansett Beer on a few Fridays and at the Innovation Park District on Thursdays. I’ll be at the Wickford Art Festival July 9 and 10, too.”
The subjects for Palmer’s designs are mostly pop culture and Rhode Island, and his catalog of work boasts well over 400 block prints – from Aretha Franklin to ZZ Top. Making a linocut, from conception to completion, can take anywhere from one hour to six. Palmer meticulously carves the negative space of a desired image into a flexible piece of linoleum, slathers it with just the right amount of ink, sandwiches it between a piece of paper and a wooden press, and clamps down firmly to transfer the design. The product is a mirror image of the linocut stamp itself, requiring Palmer to work entirely in an inverse mindset: backwards and with respect to the space that won’t take up ink in the final printing process. Find prints on various mediums including wood blocks, paper, flags, embroidered patches, mugs, and more.
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