Potato Stamps, inspired by Yanomami children woodcuts and block printing

Title

Potato Stamps, inspired by Yanomami children woodcuts and block printing

Subject

Potato Stamps

Description

We incorporated the traditions of Yanomami wood cuts by carving into potatoes to make stamps.

Potato Stamp Process

Supplies:
  • Potatoes
  • X-acto knife
  • Potato peeler
  • Butcher's knife
  • Ink
  • Paper
  • Paper towels
Step 1: cut potato in half horizontally with butcher's knife 
Step 2: obsorb potato juice and/or residue by placing towel over exposed portion of potato
Step 3: cut into potato with peeler and/or x-acto knife to create desired design
Step 4: press finished potato stamp onto ink pad,  then transfer the ink by pressing the potato stamp down on white paper
Step 5: Let dry for an hour before handling

Creator

Hiatt, Sarah & McCraven, DW

Source

Among Tender Roots, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago.

Publisher

College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago with permission of Melissa Hillard Potter

Date

April 2017

Rights

All rights remain with the author.

Files

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Citation

Hiatt, Sarah & McCraven, DW , “Potato Stamps, inspired by Yanomami children woodcuts and block printing,” Shero, accessed May 22, 2022, https://shero.omeka.net/items/show/15.