PAPER, INK, AND BAMBOO SPOON
block prints by Leslie Moore
Belfast resident Leslie Moore’s passion for printmaking was ignited at a one-day workshop at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts ten years ago. A long-time pen-and-ink artist, Moore says, “I was fascinated by working in reverse. Instead of putting down black marks with a pen, I was carving out white marks with a v-gouge. I’ve been making relief prints ever since, carving images into wood and linoleum blocks, inking my blocks, and pulling each print by hand. It’s a low-tech, non-toxic process that demands more patience than I have and lots of elbow grease. I don’t have a printing press. Instead I use the back of a bamboo spoon to rub water-soluble inks from my blocks onto the paper.”
About the Gallery:
The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.