Philip Carrico – Woodblock PrintMaker
Philip Carrico received his Bachelor of Art Education from the University of WI-Oshkosh in 1974 and obtained his Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking in 2009 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After 20 years of teaching art in Fairbanks, Alaska, Philip moved to Washington State and in 2018 to Edmonds.
“My goal is to bring this art form back to life which first began in China. Printmaking gives one the ability to express themselves in many forms including woodcuts, wood engravings, and linoleum cuts. Creative concepts demand imagination, empathy, insight, patience, and courage to take risks. I have found all of these qualities in myself and hope to share my works with this wonderful community we now call home.” — Philip Carrico (see more below)
Visit Phil’s website at www.carricovestudio.com.
“My wife and I recently moved to Edmonds after 5 years in Port Townsend, and prior to that 38 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. I taught art at the middle school level for over 20 years and got my Masters of Fine Art in printmaking in 2009 from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Printmaking has always been a passion of mine due to the intricacies of the line designs and my love for working with wood. This art form began in China and I am hoping to keep it alive.
“I do woodcuts and wood engravings. Wood engravings are line designs on the ends of Maple wood blocks whereas woodcuts are on Baltic Birch plywood 3/8” to 1/2” thick. Each art form requires very different cutting tools. It begins with a sketch which I trace onto the wood. From there I and carve the block and once that is completed, I pull original prints from the matrix. I also do multi-colored prints which require a more precise and time consuming process. Some of my works will have as many as 13 colors. First I determine how many prints I am going to make and then I ink up the block with the lightest color. Then I cut away the wood where the lightest color will remain. Once that edition is printed, I then ink up the board with the next color, carve away where that color will remain and this process continues to the darkest color. I have a pin registration system for my press which allows the prints to be aligned perfectly each time they are run through.” — Philip Carrico