Professor Kristen Bluemel’s audio interview about “Gwen Raverat and Interwar Wood Engraving” was released on Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify on 15 October 2021. You can hear Bluemel talk with Space Between scholar Michael McCluskey about her current research on Gwen Raverat and other women artists who led the wood engraving revival in 1920s and 1930s Britain.
Bluemel explores ways that progressive metropolitan cultures supported these women artists, preparing them for path-breaking careers as wood engravers, print makers, and illustrators of beautiful books for children and adults. Her focus is on the complex cultural politics of an illustrative form that could represent simultaneously the achievements of feminist modernity and the tenacity of conservative pastoralism at a time of global Depression and looming world war.
Listen online to the podcast: https://spacebetweensociety.com/stories-from-the-space-between/