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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Press Pulling Large Scale Prints–Video

Press Pulling Large Scale Prints–Video

Below is the link to a video of moi pulling my four large scale woodblock prints at the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Print studio. The video was filmed and edited by my mentor, printmaking extraordinaire, and all around inspiring human, Holly Bird. Despite not smiling through the entirety of this video (I was concentrating okay), I was truly enjoying the company of Holly and was completely stoked by how little to no hiccups I experienced throughout my five hour session of pulling prints. In the video you’ll see me rolling ink onto the block with a large brayer, then proceeding to place the block onto the press under felt blankets and thus slowly revealing the print. I am  undoubtably pleased with my final prints and look forward to hanging them side by side for the big night!


Dry Point Etching on Plexi-Glass

Dry Point Etching on Plexi-Glass

While i’m in the process of wrapping up the carving portion of large scale wood blocks, i’ve been working on a separate series of small format portraits of threatened and endangered species of Florida. I’m producing these via the dry-point etching on plexi-glass method.Typically I use the intaglio process for images that require more detail but I wanted to try a new method, especially a more economical method that doesn’t require dips in ferric acid. This is the first time i’ve used this method so I had to do plenty of research and experiment with the process. Needless to say, it’s been a refreshing change of pace and i’m looking forward to pulling proofs of what I have etched so far. Below are images that illustrate my process, minus pulling the print. 

To the right is the final drawing I used as a key image to place under the acrylic and etch on top. To the left is a reference photo I used to accurately render proportions and patterns of the Florida short-tailed snake.

An in process capture of etching the acrylic with an etching tool. Typically I use this same tool while etching a copper plate during the intaglio process. The drawing to the left is under the plexi during carving, but I momentarily moved it to the side so that I could see the etched lines more clearly.

The finished etching of the short-tailed snake. Next step is to the pull a print from this and decide if more lines need to be added.



“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….


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