Thursday, February 26, 2015

Buddha Chicken
Serigraph with Gold Metallic, 11" x 12"
Edition of 20, 2015
signed and numbered by Karen Fiorito
$75 + $10 S/H

Buddha Chicken is a part of an ongoing series of animals as sacred beings. 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

L.A. Printer's Fair at the International Printing Museum

The Los Angeles Printers Fair will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9 am to 4 pm. The Fair supports the non-profit International Printing Museum and its educational mission.
The Fair is suitable for all ages. General admission is $10 for all ages. Students, educators, enthusiasts, collectors, typophiles, bibliophiles, graphic designers, artists and professionals will enjoy the varied demonstrations and array of vendors. Children are welcome but need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The Los Angeles Printers Fair is sponsored by PIASCNeenah Paper, and
• LETTERPRESS SWAP MEET – Don’t miss your chance to buy antique letterpress equipment and everything you need for your own print shop. Type-lovers, graphic designers, artists, printers and members of the public are welcome to peruse hundreds of cases of type and thousands of pounds of equipment and presses in the largest printing swap meet in the Southwest.
• GENERAL GALLERY TOURS – Experience 500 years of printing history as our knowledgeable docents guide you through our collection. Letterpress demonstrations on various presses will be on-going throughout the day.
• TYPE CASTING and PRINTING DEMONSTRATIONS – Demonstrations of the Museum’s collection of antique presses will be ongoing throughout the day. Be enthralled and fascinated by experiencing printing both traditional and modern.
• THE 40’s PRINTING SHOP – Travel back in time to experience a 40’s era working print shop. See Windmills, Ludlows, Linotypes, platen presses, proofing presses, a Miehle Vertical and our vast collection of wood and metal type. Have your name cast in metal on our working linotype.
• SHOP and BUY – Purchase beautiful letterpress-printed pieces, artist books, gorgeous handmade and commercial paper, screen print your own shirt. There will be nearly one hundred vendors at the fair.
• SHOW & TELL WALL – Once again we are going to have a giant Show & Tell Wall at the LA Printers Fair! Post your prints, posters, design samples, business cards, typography and more on our fence for everyone to see and comment on.
PARKING: Please park across Torrance Boulevard in the K-mart Shopping Center. Use the crosswalk at the light to get to the Fair. You may also drop off visitors in front of the Museum main entrance. There is no parking on the Museum’s property.
ADMISSION: $10 General Admission for everybody, all ages. Cash is recommended though we do take credit cards. EXACT CHANGE IS APPRECIATED. You may also purchase your Fair tickets through PayPal and bring your printed receipt as proof of admission or show your receipt at the door on your mobile device. Click HERE to purchase your tickets before the Fair!
FOOD & DRINKS: Cold drinks and snacks will be available for sale. A couple of food trucks will also be on site to stave off your hunger for food. You may also bring your own snacks and drinks. There are a couple of Fast Food restaurants across the street.
WEATHER: We will hold the Fair rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing.
PURCHASES: Bring your own tote or reusable bag to store items you may be purchasing or to hold free material.
*If you plan on purchasing presses or other equipment you will need to carry your item to your vehicle. A rolling cart might be advisable. You will need to make individual arrangements with Vendors on the delivery of your press or heavier equipment. Each vendor will handle all payments either by cash, check, credit card or PayPal.
SILENT AUCTION: There will be a Silent Auction held during the fair to benefit the Musuem. The auction will be an opportunity to win amazing prizes such as: Artist Books, Printing Equipment and Presses, Fonts of Metal and Wood type, Printing Supplies, Etchings and Prints, and more.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Photopolymer gravure workshop in October at Josephine Press!

Photopolymer Gravure is a relatively easy method of creating intaglio prints from both photographic and hand-drawn imagery. Photopolymer prints can rival copper plate photogravures, but are processed in a fraction of the time and materials, and require a fairly minimal learning curve.

In this workshop, you will learn how to make a photogravure using a photopolymer plate. You will learn how to make a film with an imbedded random dot or halftone screen, print the film, expose and develop the plate, and print a signed and numbered edition of 5 prints.

  • Sunday, October 5th, 10-4pm
  • Saturday, October 11th, 10-4pm
  • Sunday, October 12th, 10-4pm
We must have a minimum of 3 students, and a maximum of 6, for this class.

This workshop is appropriate for beginning to advanced level artists. 6 students maximum, 3 students minimum.

Tuition is $350 per student, and includes all necessary materials. Please email or call (310) 453-1691 to register.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hot off the Press!

Koala Buddha

Photopolymer Gravuré, 2014
8" x 11" on Rives BFK, Edition of 30
$50 + $10 S/H

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Rat Diva

4 Color Process Serigraph, 2014
16" x 26",on rag paper, hand torn deckled edge
Signed and numbered by the artist, Karen Fiorito
Edition of 20
$50 + 10 S/H

Rats are commonly used in medical and scienti c research because of their intelligence and capacity for learning. Controlled studies have found that rats are actively prosocial. They demonstrate altruistic behavior to other rats in experiments, often attempting to rescue other rats who are in pain. This particular rat was named “Happiness” by its human companions. She is a Diva or Goddess , deified after death for her capacity to love.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ganesha Woodcut

Ganesha print on Japanese Paper
Karen Fiorito
Ganesha, 2012
Woodcut, 18" x 24"
Edition: 20 

Artist Statement:
The name Ganesha is a Sanskrit compound, joining the words gaṇa, meaning a group, multitude, or categorical system and isha, meaning lord or master. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha. He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all  and brings order to the universe.

Ganesha is represented as having a human body with the head of an elephant. The principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies wisdom and knowledge. One of Ganesha's 108 names is  Lord of Obstacles. Elephants don't walk around obstacles, neither do they stop at them. They just remove them and keep walking straight on – signifying effortlessness.

Printing the block
Ganesha's body and the implements Ganesha wields are all symbolic.The portrayal of Lord Ganesha as the blend of human and animals parts symbolizes the ideals of perfection as conceived by the Hindu sages and illustrates some philosophical concepts of profound spiritual significance.

Here is a list of some of the symbolism associated with this image  of Ganesha:

  • Big Head – represents supreme wisdom.
  • Large ears – represents listening more
• Small Eyes – means he concentrates
• Small Mouth – means he talks less.
• Long Trunk – represents his intellect.
• One tusk – Means he keeps the good and throws away the bad.
• Large stomach – means he digests all the good and the bad experiences in life.
• Legs – One folded leg up and one leg resting on the ground indicates that he is thinking of the world but at the same time concentrating on God.
• The Plate of Food – means he is indifferent to wealth, power and prosperity.
• The rat looking up at him – means desire and greed are under control.
• Axe – to cut all attachment.
• Lotus – represents enlightenment.
• Blessings – blesses us and protects us from harm so we can reach God.

Ganesha on Rosapina Paper

When one prays to Lord Ganesha then one is asking to connect to the Universal Soul to remove obstacles. Ganesha is given dominion over the Ganas, which is a general term denoting all classes of beings, ranging from insects, animals and humans to the subtle and celestial beings, everything from natural forces like storms and earthquakes, to the elemental qualities like fire and water. Therefore, instead of propitiating each Gana in order to receive their blessings, one bows to their Lord, Sri Ganesha. By receiving His grace, one receives the grace of all. Ganesha removes any potential obstacles and enables our endeavors to succeed.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Buddha Pig

Buddha Pig
5-color Silkscreen with Pearlescent White, 2012
Edition of 50
Signed and Numbered by Karen Fiorito
$70 + $10 S/H

Buddha Pig is part of an ongoing series of images of animals as deities. I chose a pig because I believe pigs are no different than dogs or cats. In fact, pigs are the fourth smartest animal group in the world, following humans, apes, chimps, whales and dolphins.I believe that all animals have a buddha nature, especially pigs. Pigs are also extremely social and loving creatures. Pigs snuggle close to one another and prefer to sleep nose to nose. They dream, much as humans do. In their natural surroundings, pigs spend hours playing, sunbathing, and exploring. In his book The Whole Hog, biologist and Johannesburg Zoo director Lyall Watson writes, "I know of no other animals [who] are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open mouthed enthusiasm. Pigs, I have discovered, are incurable optimists and get a big kick out of just being."

20% of all proceeds of any Buddha Animal purchased will go to help Hollywood's Least Wanted, Hollywood Least Wanted is a 501c3 non for profit arts organization whose goal is to make a difference in the community where it exists, both in Hollywood and in the larger Los Angeles community. HLW sponsors produces and publicizes charitable arts events that raise funds for organizations that serve the underprivileged, victims of abuse, homeless teens and abandoned animals, as well as other deserving recipients.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Affordable Art Fair, Los Angeles

As an exhibitor and workshop presenter, Buddha Cat Press had a fun and exciting experience at the first inaugural LA Affordable Art Fair!

Monday, December 26, 2011

LACMA Print Fair: Edition 2

Here are some pics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Print Fair on December 10, 2011. A good time was had by all! Thank you to Dawn, Sarah, Chris, Kevin and Oscar for helping out!