Relief prints are typically created using tools to carve an image into a block of wood or linoleum. At Haverford College, our woodblocks are made by designing an image on paper, scanning that image into Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, and then sending it to our laser cutter located in our VCAM Maker Arts Space. The laser cutter would carve the image out for us in a few minutes on a 4×6 inch block, saving us days of carving time and allowing the students to produce three unique images as opposed to several prints of a single image during the seven-week course. Prints are created by inking up these wooden block carvings with oil-based ink, and then using a bone folder to press the ink layer by layer on top of each other onto a single sheet of paper or fabric to form a complete image.
During the online course, Relief students were asked to make four images in the Relief printmaking style; two images in black and white, one image using two colors, and a final three-color image in the form of a diptych. While some students were able to use Photoshop and Illustrator to create their images, other students used software they already had or produced work using mixed media materials they had in their home. Represented here are the best works of each of the Relief students. Please click on the thumbnail to see the image in full detail.