Brandie Dziegiel

Brandie Dziegiel is a printmaker and art educator based out of Clearwater, FL. Before she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in art education with minors in studio art and art history she was active duty with the United States Coast Guard for four years. Recently, her relief prints were published in Military Experience and the Arts (MEA) bi-annual publication.

Raised as a military brat, art making was one of the few constants in her life. Since an early age, she has utilized art as an essential tool in expressing and understanding her experiences of the various and diverse environments she integrated into. Her primary focus as a visual artist is to develop narratives that address and generate open discussions about difficult topics pertaining to the human experience and memory.

Exploring trauma through printmaking has become her most significant form of advocacy. She uses the relief printing process as a mnemonic device to approach challenging concepts, such as, gender roles, PTSD, trans-generational trauma, and most recently environmental trauma. She aims to create visual forms of social commentary through woodcuts using energetic, instinctive areas of negative space, juxtaposed with symbolic figurative imagery to express a personal narrative with a universal interpretation.



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“The Mangrove”

“The Mangrove”

In my last post I highlighted the completion of carving the 1st large scale woodblock, “The cypress”. This past week I finished the 2nd panel, “The Mangrove” which is also 2×3′. It will hang side by side with the cypress and two other iconic Florida trees- the pine,and the palm, which i’ll start carving this week. I’ll pull prints of all four panels once I finish carving the last two. For now, I carve, repeat & carve some more….



Preppin’ the Woodblock

Preppin’ the Woodblock

I spent most of my weekend prepping two large cut pieces of  birch plywood. Each block measures 24×36″ and is 3/4″ inch thick. Both sides of each block will be carved so I went ahead and prepared all sides. Below are pictures of the process. Not pictured is  my regular trip to Lowe’s where I carefully examine each piece of birch ply in stock and obsess over wood grain and knots. I also take advantage of their complimentary lumber cutting service on site so I don’t have to make any unnecessary sacrifices to the Lumber gods via hand saw.

First, I have to have my ideas worked out in my sketchbook before I even think about prepping my blocks.

I stain the blocks a warm hue. This helps me in the later stage of carving so I can better see my mark making.

Once the stain dries, I sand them with a fine grit sandpaper and thinly coat them with polyurethane to help prevent splintering while carving.

After the polyurethane is dry, I freehand the image onto the block and adjust as needed. I then proceed to block in the design with black sharpie.

Two of the four designs ready to be carved.

Two of the four designs ready to be carved.

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