The commencement of the intaglio animation

I am making an animation out of intaglio prints. 

I told Cerese about this, and her first question was “WHY?”  My answer is simple: intaglio plates are reworked relatively easily, and thus are conducive to modifying over and over.  I am making a print with each modification, so hopefully soon I will have a hefty stack of prints to scan and make into a video.  And then I’ll add Frooty Loops-made music.  I think this is a really great idea, albeit extremely time-consuming.  I guess we all know where I’ll be every night for the next three and a half months?

Anyways, I am making a practice version this week, a fun one of Jake playing keyboard, to learn more about drypoint and how this process will work.  I started with an etching, and then modified it using drypoint and burnishing.  I’m considering hand-coloring it?  Ahh, if only there were more hours in the day!

PS  Here is a neat intaglio animation, using a different strategy.

PPS  I’m absolutely hand-coloring this, starting right NOW.

The commencement of the intaglio animation

The Lost and Found Books (Part II)

Aha, finally!  Here are select photos of my newest project, the Lost and Found Books.

I think the pseudo-collophan (how do you spell that word?) explains it pretty well:

This book, an homage to what is lost and what is found and what that says about us, includes hand-set letterpress type, the silliest dingbats found in Case 27, etchings and engravings of both known and ambiguous origin, Xerox transfers from an old project, a print of a circuit board that Jake Hintze messed up on, and one lonely relief print from a block acquired at the gem show.

Remember that what is lost is often found.

This edition(ish) of artist books focuses on the many meanings of Lost and Found, because it is through the discarded, reclaimed and sought out that our values are implicitly communicated.  Like any other Lost and Found, I made these books without much of a plan.  I filled the pages as I went with found stories and images to create my own little Lost and Found in book form.  The final step is to lose the books (after, of course, the Letterpress show at the end of the month), returning them to the larger Lost and Found that the content originally came from.

(Can you tell that last bit is my artist statement?  It’s all formal-like and a little stuffy.  Maybe I’ll start making artist statements less stuffy and more delightful and more blog-like.  But still intellectual.  This sounds hard, but I will try.)

The Lost and Found Books (Part II)

I wish I could make a career out of bunny prints.

Ah, bunnies.  This is a little four-plate etching.  If you’re thinking ‘Umm, that’s four plates?’ you are right to be confused.  There’s both an orange and a yellow plate and they’re pretty close in color.  OK GUYS I SHOULD HAVE DONE THREE PLATES, NOT FOUR.  Oh well.

Hope you’re having a good day.

I wish I could make a career out of bunny prints.