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Sloth On A Bike

About this Poster

I started drawing all kinds of animals on bikes, trying to pair the kind of bike with the personality of the animal. It was a little like an audition – which animal from central casting best fit the part? In the end, the sloth on the cruiser just seemed so fitting. It cracked me up to think about a sloth getting to go fast, but that he would probably still only want to go at a cruising speed… given his sloth-ness.

Size
24.0″ x 18.0
Paper
Domtar Paper, Cougar, White
Color
4-color block print

Meet Laura Baisden

Location
Knoxville, Tennessee
About

I’ve been doing letterpress and relief printing for ten years. I moved to Knoxville from Nashville last year to join forces with Pioneer House and start Camp Nevernice — my very own letterpress business. I’m working 3 other jobs to keep the one going, but it’s invigorating and I’m excited to see where it will be a year from now.  

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Back Story

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One
Not Just For Sloths

I love bicycles in a recreational way, but recently have started using them more for function. I live so close to work now, and parking downtown stinks. Fortunately, someone lent me a sweet Bianchi that is so light and smooth and it’s giving me a new appreciation for a well-tended bike. I’ve always had old clunkers that were prettier than they were functional.  

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Two
One Time Only

Nothing is done with a computer so the color separations have natural imperfections and miss the mark slightly, which adds to the aesthetic. This is the largest linocut I’ve ever made.  Also,  it’s truly a limited edition, because the two colors for the sloth were reductive — meaning they were carved from the same block and can’t be reprinted.  

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Three
Putting In The Hours

Each color has its own block. Everything is carved by hand, so it takes a long time — the key block (with the most information/linework) takes the most time — about 8 hours. Each of the other blocks were more solid shapes and less tiny details, and they took 2-3 hours apiece to carve.