Old World Techniques, New Technologies

I am an iphone user as well as an iphone skeptic. I never really use the camera on my phone but the light in my studio was really great, so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I recently produced some monoprints on a great paper that I had been saving. Ingres Paper was an Italian paper that we used to sell and I really loved, but can no longer get. Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has images or lines that can only be made once. Unlike most printmaking where multiples can be made. In the late 19th century artists like Degas and Pissarro produced a multitude of monoprints. Picasso, Chagall and Miro experimented with hundreds of prints in their careers. Contemporary artist and Turner Prize winner Tracey Emin uses monoprints in great depth in her body of works.

I used one of the most basic methods involving an inked sheet of plastic. A sheet of paper is placed face down on the ink and a drawing is made on the back of the paper. Once the paper is lifted a reverse image presents itself. I actually like the way my phone captured the mystery of this old form of printing. My next task is to experiment on Japanese Washi.



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