This is very interesting for printmakers and other artists! Artist-blogger Gregg Chadwick at Speed of Life has written:
Kathan Brown, the founder of San Francisco’s Crown Point Press, has a new book out – “Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively: The Art of Etching and the Truth of Life”. The book is put together as a series of thirteen creative secrets gathered from working with contemporary artists as they created etchings at Crown Point.[…] Kathan writes clearly about the process of creation, the decisions involved, and the benefits of collaboration. The mix of artistic styles among the artists discussed is refreshing and inspiring.
As a printmaker, I’ve long been aware of Kathan Brown and her famed Crown Point Press for its printmaking studio and as a publisher of books. Nearly two years ago I wrote this about a Virtual Exhibition of 35 Years at Crown Point Press (still active!) by the National Gallery of Art, Washington: Crown Point Press, a community studio in San Francisco founded by Kathan Brown, was a gathering place for artists to share ideas and equipment. Many of the best-known American painters, sculptors, and other artists, collaborated with the master printers here to create printworks. You can see a number of these prints in this virtual exhibition along with some discussion of printmaking techniques and a history of contemporary printmaking.
I love my copy of Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood: Painters and Sculptors at Crown Point Press by Kathan Brown, 1996 Chronicle Books, and recommend it highly for other printmakers. (It’s not to be confused with Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood: How to Recognize Contemporary Artists’ Prints, also by Kathan Brown, which is a handbook containing descriptions of all the printmaking processes with an emphasis on intaglio – good for students.) I’m really very tempted to get Magical Secrets!