Arlene Bandes

Monotypes,shirts,rubber stamps,cards

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My art reflects my interest in layers. I use different viscosities and transparencies of inks to create patterns and textures. My prints are the result of many trips through the press. Each print literally has many layers including collaged imagery. Much of my work is informed by the natural world, especially leaves, flowers, shells and birds, but I am also inspired by Judaic folk art images and my family history.

The Judaic folk art that informs my work is also reflected in the drawings and carvings I do for our rubber stamp company, Zum Gali Gali Rubber Stamps, which offers hundreds of original hand made rubber stamp images -- animals, people, vehicles, buildings, design elements, Judaica. I use some of the stamps in my monotypes. Stamping is another form of printmaking and I am attracted to building layers of patterns with stamps.

I have always created art. One of my favorite Zum Gali Gali stamp images is made from a drawing I did when I was 3. I became attracted to monotypes about 35 years ago. I love that monotypes combine drawing, painting and collage and I have never lost the thrill of pulling a print off of my plate when it comes through the press! Printmaking has an element of magic. No matter how carefully you plan, there is always an element of surprise.

Retired from teaching art in the Newton Public Schools, I currently teach both children and adults at the New Art Center in Newton. I have learned as much from my students as from the many artists who taught me at Harvard, Brandeis, Mass College of Art, MIT and the JCC.

A member of the Nature Printing Society, I have presented workshops at their annual conferences. I am also a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, the National Art Eduaction Association and the Newton Art Association.

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