Inspired by winning a chili cook-off David Esslemont presents his prize-winning recipe in thirty-nine woodcuts. Starting from scratch, he toasts ancho chiles, makes vegetable stock, grinds beef from farmer friends, adds homegrown garlic, tomato paste and much more . . . . The final touch is a topping of spicy sour cream garnished with julienned fresh fresno, habanero and jalapeno chiles.
The blocks are cut from plywood and maple. Tonal variations are acheived by overlays to the makeready, textured ink rollers, ink blends and pochoir. Mutiple color images are printed using a variety of techniques: masking areas of the "key" block, re-using blocks "unmasked", with/without overlays, reprinting from rotated blocks, the use of several small rollers, additional blocks (print runs), direct inking through stencils with either rollers, stencil brushes, or a la poupée.
Hand-printed from the original woodblocks on Zerkall mould-made paper 15 x 11 inches (380 x 280 mm)
Edition of thirty copies:
Ten deluxe copies – $4800.
Bound in white alum-tawed pigskin with a design painted in acrylic ink of a bowl of chili on a white linen table cloth, with blind and gold tooling, sewn on linen tapes with hand-sewn headbands and leather jointed paste-paper endleaves, in a felt-lined cloth-covered drop-back box.
Twenty regular copies in Japanese stab-sewn red cloth covers – $1200.
The woodcuts are also available as signed prints in editions of 300.
15 x 11 inches – $120 to $200