Monday, January 28, 2008

Mary Azarian

Here are a few examples of Mary Azarian's woodblock prints. She is a wonderful and very talented (as well as successful) print maker and I really admire her! Her work has appeared mostly in children's books. She won the Caldecott Medal for her book, Snowflake Bently, written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. The back flap of this book, which I love, reads: "Mary Azarian is a consummate gardener, an avid reader, and a champion bridge player - and, of course, a skilled and original woodblock artist. She has lived in Vermont for more than 35 years."

She prints her woodblocks on an old Vandercook Press and has devised her own (and as far as I know, secret) way of hand coloring her prints. I believe she uses acrylic paints and watercolors. Mary has a nice website at

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