Her guests took instruction well, getting their hands on etched copper plates, intaglio-style prints and textured canvases, which were puckered by multiple gesso applications.
"I've always disliked how sterile and refined art seems to be," the 42-year-old says. "When I'm making [my pieces], as a printmaker, [I'm] reading them with my hands. Why not share that?"
Her enthusiasm might stem from the fact that Pedersen is relatively new to her calling. She initially followed in the footsteps of her architect father William (KPF Gallery is in the space that's home to Kohn Pedersen Fox, the renowned firm he cofounded), receiving her Masters of Architecture from Yale and later managing design and construction for Polo Ralph Lauren's stores in South and Central America.
"Essentially, I'm trying to approach paintings as a printmaker and printmaking as a painter," Pedersen says. "I just like to make things with my hands."
"Please Touch" will be on display at KPF Gallery, 111 West 57th Street through Oct. 9, 10-6 PM.