March 19 – Happy Birthday, Betty Goodwin

Posted on March 19, 2014

One day this Romanian-French Canadian artist walked into her printmaking studio and picked up her work gloves. Instead of pulling them onto her hands before she started inking her printing plate, as we would expect, as she had done every other day, she placed the gloves onto the plate and ran them through the press!

The gloves themselves became the design! Her prints of her work gloves turned out to look almost like x-rays of the gloves.
So she did it again. This time with a vest.

A pair of shorts.

A shirt.

Goodwin's prints were created in the 1960s, but this artist created a variety of works, using a variety of media, in a career that spanned decades. Born in Betty Roodish in Montreal on this date in 1923, Goodwin did collages and assemblages. She sculpted, she drew, she painted. She did printmaking and etching. She also did some installation art, which is when artists create three-dimensional works that are site-specific, such as installing huge forms viewers must walk among in a museum gallery.

Be inspired by Goodwin...
  • I read that Goodwin's ideas came from clusters of photographs, objects, and drawings she put up on the walls of her studio. We can all benefit from this idea; start collecting pictures and objects that speak to you, that intrigue you, and draw from them (literally and figuratively).

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