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US ROUTE 62 Zine- DECEMBER

I just published the DECEMBER editon of my US ROUTE 62 Zine! Giving myself a monthly *deadline* has been a good motivator–to make sure I keep moving forward with the project. As we all know, if you wait for the perfect time, that never happens.

If you’d like your own copy of the zine, You can pick up a free copy at the Log Cabin Print Shop or Pendleton Art Center. I’m also including a copy with all my online orders.

If you want me to mail one to you, just mail a one dollar bill (to cover the cost of envelope and stamp) to: Ken Swinson, PO Box 84, Old Washington, KY 41096

Hope you enjoy it, and have a happy holidays!

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Harriett Beecher Stowe – American Hero

A long time ago, a teacher named Harriett Beecher came to Old Washington to visit. She later became famous for her book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which depicted the cuelty of slavery. Her book was a big influence in the USA’s shift in attitude away from slavery. Part of the inspiration for ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ came from her experiences here in Kentucky, and across the river in Ripley, Ohio.

my sketch for the linocut – Harriett Beecher Stowe

It’s inspiring how Harriett used her talent to help social progress in the USA. I wanted to honor her with a linocut.

Harriett Beecher Stowe Linocut

I wanted to portray her with a halo, a quill in hand, her book in the other

notecards

I thought they’d make good notecards. They are a fun way to share art with your friends, and Harriett would probably appreciate seeing us write letters using ink and paper

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US Route 62 – November ZINE

I have been on the computer less, while experimenting with a new way to stay in touch, express myself and keep you all up to date with my art projects, without using social media.

I started a monthly ZINE! It’s words, art and ink on paper that you can hold in your hands, and it doesn’t need a battery, username or password. Print media is different from digital, and I’m learning a lot about how to tell stories this way.

My goal is to make one once a month. They are free. You can pick one up at either of my studios at the Log Cabin Print Shop in Old Washington, or the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati. I’ll also include one with any online sales through my website.
If you want me to mail you one, all you have to do is mail me a $1 bill (to cover the cost of stamp and envelope) to:
Ken Swinson
Po box 84
Old Washington, KY 41096

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Raku Firing in Old Washington

Michael H. Dickman​ led a raku pottery activity at our community art center on Saturday, October 5th.

Here are a few clips from yesterday’s activity.

Mollie Beusterien​ also introduced us to a hot glazing technique, called OBVARA, which was similar to raku in that it deals with hot pots.

obvara vase
my obvara vase

what fun! Im so lucky to live in a community with so many creative people!