Red Tail Studios is the collaborative effort of Monique & Tim, who have been working along side each other in one capacity or another for 25+ years. Monique is the Printmaker & Artist; Tim is the Wood & Metal Fabricator. Red Tail Studios began in their San Francisco Bay Area home while the ‘green’ dream home / studio was being constructed in the Sierra Foothills. The process took 5 years, due to the fact that only Tim & one other guy built the vast majority of it. It has been Red Tail’s permanent home as of the Summer of 2013!
Fine art relief or intaglio prints are original works of art, each unique, within its limited edition printing.
Red Tail Studios relief prints are made using wood blocks of various species (to make woodcut prints) or linoleum plates (to make linocuts). I use traditional Japanese carving tools to carve my original designs and print using traditional water-based pigments or oil-based archival inks onto archival quality paper for your lasting enjoyment. Images may be transferred by hand using a hand-held baren, but more often they are run through my beloved, husband-made (Yes, that would be Tim!), 30-inch etching press.
My intaglio prints are generally on copper using a variety of etching methods, printed with archival quality Charbonnel etching inks and always transferred using my etching press. I generally use a fairly nontoxic mordant, Edinburgh Etch for my copperplate etching.
This extremely versatile, 2000+ year old medium involves heating beeswax with damar resin, then adding pigments to achieve color, etc. To be assured of archival quality, I only mount my work on solid wood or plywood. My encaustic pieces combine charcoal drawings, photography and some of the elements of my printmaking to make unique, yet simple compositions.
As soon as all his equipment is in one studio, Tim will begin making Fine Art Frames that will complement the Printmaking side of our Studio. They will feature solid wood construction with fine woodworking details.
We try to be as environmentally friendly as possible, while taking care to produce archival quality prints and works of art. This includes the actual process to all sorts of innovative cleanup techniques, using or recycling packaging, an energy efficient studio… I’ll hopefully pass on some of these tips in my posts. (I’d love to hear yours!)