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Amy Worthen

My mother, Amy Worthen, is a very talented artist, a printmaker and engraver. One of the real delights of growing up with her as my mother was that she would do things like engrave Valentine's Day cards for us. Once, when I was in junior high school and struggling what to decide to do for a class project, she bribed me into choosing the history of flutes paper I was considering with the promise that she'd make an engraving of my flute to go with it. And she did.

Anyways, it had been a long time since any of us had thought to look her up in a websearch, so it came as a great and wonderful surprise today to learn that her gallery has a lovely webpage devoted to her work. I've had friends ask off and on what her work looks like - now I have somewhere to send them! (Note: Scroll down past the first few Iowa Alphabet letters to have a more indicative sense of what her artwork is like.)


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Nov. 15th, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
those are beautiful! i particularly like the vanitas, and the one with the moose. :)
Nov. 15th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
I really want to see it, but my horrid network won't let me so i have to wait until tommorow, i'm looking foward to it! :)
Nov. 15th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC)
it's not just her superior engraving and composition skills that make these prints so wonderful - it's her wiping. particularly on the tiny ones! that's very, very hard to get right. I really, really enjoyed these - house in ruins, house destroyd by fire, and impossible structure, especially.
Nov. 15th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC)
How beautiful! My favorites are the alphabet, and the skeleton on the stairs.
Nov. 16th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
So much detail!!
They really are wonderful. I particularly like that the flute engraving she made for you isn't just called "Flute", but "SSW's Flute". Very sweet to keep you right there in the title.

My favorites are the alphabet letters-- she has a really great sense for color-- and the impossible structure.

Nov. 16th, 2004 02:32 am (UTC)
wow, really impressive especially the foreshadowing effects. that must be really hard to do, unless you are just really talented ;)
Nov. 16th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
Very nice. :)
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
Seeing the sotoportego prints brings me right back to walking around the city with her looking for sotoporteggi to add to the collection.:)

I wish had many dollars with which to buy some prints. I'm in love with the Iowa Alphabet.
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