Live Printmaking at Breakin the Law 3: Hong Kong

In just a few short weeks, I'll be traveling to Hong Kong, the Philippines and Japan to do some international printmaking work! But the main event will be at Breakin' the Law 3: Hong Kong. I'll be helping the Hong Kong B-girls and B-Boys print some of their original work, as well as distribute some new original designs of my own!

Very excited to go back to Japan as well to see my family and friends there. I have some video work I'll be projecting guerrilla style!

Hopefully I can make some fresh new connections for GrapevineINK while I'm there! Missing all my collaborators in the crew, but we'll be meeting up soon enough!

Word up,

Beyond Printmaking: Psila vs Queen Gidrea

GrapevineINK members and public artists Elena Stojanova and Chanel Matsunami Govreau's collaborative piece Godpsila vs Queen Gidrea will be exhibited at Beyond Printmaking III, at Texas Tech University in February 2012. The piece is a wheatpaste performance installation. They will be showing a video version of the work.

This is what we do...collaborate, make, distribute!

Momma's Hip Hop Kitchen Vol. 5

Check this out friends!
This is on the radar for GrapevineINK in New York!
We're working on a dope collaborative project to submit for this event involving printmaking, community, outreach and education. HIP HOP edition! So many of us in the crew are hip-hop related artists, so let's take it there!

Keep you updated!


Shani Peters: Tha Knowledge

For those of you who don't know, check it. This is the work of GrapevineINK member Shani Peters, one of my favorite people EVER. Artist, community activist, educator, very good friend and my sister virgo. We have the same birthday, and one day Janet Jackson WILL pass out goodie bags at our McDonald's Playland Bday Bash- With handprinted happymeal boxes that I nominate Tyanna Buie (another Grapevinette) to print. one day.
These pictures are documentation from a performance print piece from this Fall 2010 called "We Promote Knowledge and Love" Anyone who knows Harlem knows those hardworkin' fellows in the Sandwich boards passing out the WE BUY GOLD! cards. As an artist in Harlem- Shani flipped it, challenged the passerbys to take a closer look.

Here's a print Shani did pre-performance. Pulled at the Lower East Side Print Shop where she worked as a key-holder resident artist!

Here's the card above.
Now hear Shani rep herself in her own words...check out the video

Shani Peters: History Rewritten from Under the Mush on Vimeo.

Shani Peters: History Rewritten from Under the Mush on Vimeo.

To learn more about Shani's work check out SHANIPETERS.COM
And this is a link to the original video post on
Here's more about Shani:

Shani Peters is a New York based artist (born in Lansing, MI) focusing in video, collage, printmaking, and social practice public projects. Peters completed her B.A. at Michigan State University and her M.F.A. at The City College of New York. She has exhibited and screened throughout New York, including group shows at Dash Gallery, Rush Arts Gallery, the International Print Center New York, and the Schomburg Center. She has completed residencies at The Center for Book Arts, and LMCC’s Swing Space and is currently participating in the Bronx Museum’s 2010-11 Artist in the Marketplace program and is a Keyholder resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. In addition to personal and public arts projects she works as a teaching artist with various community organizations –

Story Keeper: Melanie Yazzie Upcoming Show

Our friend Melanie Yazzie has an upcoming show! Wish I could go!
Looking forward to more images~

Denver Botanic Gardens
Opening 2/9/11 5:30-8pm


What is up Grapevine!?!?!

This weekend I received Sharita's package of our collaborative print and it gave me the push to go ahead and dig up my password to this account so I can finally get to posting! Thanks so much for sending it Sharita and for having the fantastic idea to begin with!!

SO... I have wanted to share soooo many things with the Grapevine community over the last few months, I'm just going to try catching up with a few now...

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO- In September and October enacted a new performance project that is oh so very grapevine in theme and form: community involvement, community uplift, and printmaking in the form of custom silkscreened sandwich boards! Fellow Grapeviner Elena Sto was an awesome project volunteer- love that collective support! I'm hoping to bring this project back next September on a bigger scale and I'll need even more collective support then, hopefully a few from the group will be in and around NYC then... In the mean time please check out the details of the project at

FILM RECOMMENDATION- I saw this a few weeks back and thought of the printmaking crew...

I highly recommend it! It's well shot, informative, and oddly inspiring as a printmaker.

READING RECOMENDATION- As I've discussed with a few of you ladies I'm researching for a forthcoming video project on the intersections of Native American and Black Americans in the U.S. I came across a dope essay by a dope young writer named Wendy Walters along the way and thought of the group again. It's discussion of identity, gender, representation, and performance is right up the Grapevine alley. Check Wendy and her essay (“After the Death of the Last: Performance as History in Monique Mojica’s Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots”) out!

Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds

Finally, this is really a repost.... Chanel shared this with my on facebook, and I enjoyed it thoroughly... and again, it is oh-so-Grapevine! it's very own way...


GrapevineINK/Harlem Textile Works Re/Union

I was back in NYC for the weekend! This past Sunday at Harlem Textile Works, myself and GrapevineINK members (and fellow HTW teaching artists) Elena and Shani met up with our interns Denzell, Giselle and John for a day to catch up in the studio. My old friend Ged Palmer, a graphic designer and typographer from Bristol also stopped by.

After I took this picture of my old stack of screenprint inks, I show it to Giselle and she says, "It looks like you!" Indeed, a self portrait of sorts.

Ged showing Denzell some new Illustrator tricks.. "Chanel! Why didn't you show me pathfinder!!" Also schoolin' from one Jedi to another (we call Denzell our Harlem Jedi) about some serious typography. It was my secret ambition for these two young men to meet o(^-^)o
Definitely check out his work at It was a pleasure Ged, thank you for stopping by!

Off Denzell's Sketch pad. Look deep, he constructed an entirely new alphabet/language.

Denzell's [monkey] 'King of Abels'. Can I get this printed on some gear please?

All about teamwork. Denzell helping Giselle out with her screen.

Queen Giselle getting busy in the inks. Now that I moved, she's takin' over the excessive use of hot pink that we all need in our lives. HTW (and I) thank you Giselle!

Fierce. Look at that face- John's designs here are getting some added color and sparkle on Illustrator. He's getting prepared for Design school applications.

OOOooh, check out these colors! Lookin' hot. Mmmmen's Wear!

Elena and I reunited!

Fam Fam FAM for life! Shani and I are birthday twins which explains a lot about how we became friends so fast. Virgo artists down to the last drop.

I'm so thankful that I have this community in my life. Combining community, arts, education, taking charge of what we need in our lives to keep making our work and ourselves.


Upcoming Show: Hot Harvest

Hello again!

A dear friend and fellow women printmakers are curating a show in NY. I'm def checking it out, and if you are in the area- you should too! ;-) Here's the info
HOT HARVEST: The Gowanus Studio Space 2010 Printmaking Fellows and Friends
Opening Reception Friday, November 12th 7pm-11pm

The Gowanus Studio Space is pleased to announce a group exhibition curated by its three 2010 printmaking fellows: Johee Kim, Rachel Ostrow and Maggie Wright.


Please join us at the reception on Friday, November 12th from 7pm-11pm.
DJ POLKADOT spins that old-time country vinyl. DJ CHEWROCKS later, when the night gets dancey.
E FOR EFFORT tees by Beka Goedde and Rachel Ostrow for sale!
FREE Kiss prints by Angela Conant

While the three residents have each had extensive professional printmaking experience in New York City printshops, their show focuses instead on the self-made print, culling from a wide variety of technique, including etching, lithography, woodcut and silkscreen. Traditional uses of the medium are abundant, but several prints blur the boundaries of the expected. Inked-up Reeses Peanut Butter cup wrappers, stamped balloons and faxed pages (edition numbered by their times through the machine) prove a dedication to the idea of printmaking without the use of a press or drawn matrix. Other prints are manipulated by additional media: pencil, collage, hand-coloring; media is also manipulated by printed matter. There are experimental uses of common printmaking effects - careful cut-outs of chine collĂ©, collages of rainbow rolls – and plates which have been cut out, sandblasted, and etched with the impression of fresh pie.

A common thematic thread was not intentional at the outset, but as the curators selected work for the show certain themes became evident. The natural world provides a strong current, with nods to folk art and the mystical. Several animals and plants make appearances, as do depictions and abstractions of the natural and man-made landscape. In contrast, many works, often saturated with color, demonstrate a geometric precision in line and detail. Humor and wit is apparent and important – the exhibition does not intend to provide a serious analysis of recent DIY printmaking. Alternatively, it strives to offer an inclusive, light-hearted view of the variety of approaches and experimentation possible within the constructs of the medium. It is a harvest of many fruits united by the same tree.


The Gowanus Studo Space is a non-profit organization and a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts, providing equipment, exhibition opportunities, and space to work for the artists and designers of New York City. To learn more about our space and mission, please visit
The Gowanus Studio Space
166 7th Street, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215


Print/Book Fairs in NY

Hey Ladies and all the followers of the blog!

Finally to catch up! I wanted to write sooner, but these past months were very eventful for me personally, I hardly set in front of my comp. Also a lot was happening in the print-making world in NY.. ;-) ...things slowed pace lately and here I am!
This weekend in New York, there are 3 Print and Book Fairs that I'm pretty excited about.
Thursday was the opening day for the IFPDA Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. It totally worth running on the rain to see the show! One could find prints from Durer to contemporary artists.. and it really makes a difference to see them in person, than from a reproduction. If you are interested there is a list of all the print-shops/ galleries on the website

Yesterday I visited the book fair at PS1. Overwhelming ! Everything from small print editions, silk-screened art books, activist DIY zines, and much moreee .... I was in printmaker's wonderland :-) Check out the show, or the individual publishers are on the site

Today I'm going to the Ex-Dia space in Chelsea, where the Editions/Artists' Books fair is taking place. I am expecting it to be nothing less than the previous ones... Here is the info

That's all for now! Running for the train...!
Catch up with you pretty soon!


Monumental Ideas in Miniature books II (MIMB II)

Dear GrapevineINK artists:

I want to invite you to participate Monumental Ideas in Miniature books II (MIMB II), traveling exhibitions.

I coordinated MIMB I last 2 years ago. this set of MIB went on show at total 40 Univ. in USA and Japan, Taiwan, China and Korea,Spain, Scotland.

deadline Dec. 30, 2010

Hui-Chu Ying,


Monumental Idea in Miniature Books II


Coordinator: Hui-Chu Ying, Professor, The Myers School of Art, The University of Akron


Size: No more than 4” X 5” X 1”(10.16cm x 12.7cm x 2.54cm) but when opened can be expanded to any length, width, and depth. Three-dimensional forms are encouraged.

Weight: Not to exceed 1/2 lb.(225 gr. Or 0.23kg)

Catalogue & Traveling Exhibition: 100 books will be selected by Jurors for traveling exhibition and catalogue publication.

Deadline: Dec. 30, 2010. International deadline: Dec. 15, 2010

Fee: $50 (make check payable to University of Akron). Mail check & 5 books together. No fee to outside USA participant due to the complication of foreign check and their shipping cost .

Juror: TBA

Edition number: At least 6 editions (artist may choose to do more).

First edition: Southern Graphics Council Archives. (This set will travel in the US.)

Second edition: Washington University in St. Louis permanent collection. (This set will travel in US.)

Third edition: Traveling Exhibition. (This set will travel internationally.)

Fourth edition: The University of Akron. (This set will travel internationally.)

Fifth edition: Spare. (This set will travel internationally.) (mail $50 check & 5 books together)

Sixth edition: Property of the artist. Artist keeps the rest of edition.

Every MIMB books will go to selected permanent collections

Every Artists’ books will be photographed and listed on and

No books will be returned to artists.

Publication: 140 pages of MIMB II catalogue will be printed by (print on demand publisher)

Web Site:

First Exhibition Location: SGC International Conference 2011, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Contact: Hui-Chu Ying, 330-972-6030, 330-628-4154

150 E. Exchange St. The Myers School of Art, Univ. of Akron, Akron OH 44325-7801 USA