Saturday, May 19, 2012
This hardback book and slipcase contains several screen printed pages that are concealed within folds. When looking at the book it seems to contain blank pages, but as the book is opened every other page set features colorful foldout sections. The production of this book was inspired by a visit made to the Sedlec Ossuary in the Czech Republic.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
There is a new lithography technique that has been kicking around the internet this year that I was immediately intrigued by because it is non-toxic and the ingredients are easy to find. Kitchen Lithography was invented by Emilie Aizier (http://www.art-emilion.fr/index.php?id_dossier=47) and has been published generously online by the artist so that everyone can benefit from the process. After several attempts at the process (seven to be exact) I was finally able to create a decent image. I'll have to admit that I nearly abandoned this technique because of all the various failures that I had, but a good nights sleep and not wanting to be beat down by what is such a simple process overruled my impulse to quit. On the eighth attempt I was able to achieve an image that does resemble a traditional lithograph. The process has some finicky bits but has some incredible potential for creating lithograph-like effects without all of the traditional lithographic chemical processing.
I plan to create notes of my experience with this technique and detail what works and what doesn't work to try and nail this technique down. I hope that sharing these notes will help others achieve quality- quick results.
Images: The top image is the aluminum foil etched with cola and inked with a 50/50 mix of etching ink and relief ink, the middle images are the first two prints pulled from the plate, the bottom image was the third print pulled and most successful.