THE TAMARIND and JUNE WAYNE
One Woman Made The Difference
Before June Wayne and the Tamarind Lithograph Workshop, there was a history of lithography developing in Southern California – in Los Angeles, specifically.
William(Will) Kistler… had developed a Letterpress business, printing menus, announcements, placecards, invitations. Son Lynton worked at his father’s shop…and became interested in lithography as a fine printing technique. He encouraged young artists to explore ‘drawing on stone’ – Lithography’.
During World War I [1914-1918], when Lynton was drafted into the U. S. Army and stationed in Europe, he used his ‘leaves’ to search for the mountain in Bavaria – the source of the strata-less limestones that had enabled Alois Senefelder in 1790 to discover the ‘oil vs water’ technique of drawing and printing with those stones ..that he named ‘lithographs’….’stone drawings’. Lynton Kistler shipped new as well as used limestones home for his incipient workshop in Los Angeles, finding a couple being used as ‘anchor blocks’ in the San Francisco bay!
The Lynton R. Kistler Lithography Studio was born upon his return to Los Angeles; he advertised his services and received requests for printing assistance from artists in primarily the ‘west’ – southern California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, etc…. Kistler would ship stones to artists’ requests; the artists drew on the stones and shipped them back to Kistler for an edition. Then the edition would be split between the artist and Kistler; no money changed hands!
June Wayne personally supervised every aspect of the TLW and even wrote an instruction manual for the international group of printers, whom she urged to ‘go home and open YOUR services to eager artists!’
Today – a ‘Tamarind trained printer’ has a prestige, a ‘cachet’ within the art community worldwide. —————————
..And the marketplace proves the value of the lithographs created at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop or printed with a TLW trained personal printer!
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