I have invested in a portable hotplate to facilitate hard grounding plates at the studio. Today it was put to use on two plates.
The process is as follows.
Polish and degrease the plate. The plate is cleaned with brasso and then degreased with dilute cloudy ammonia and whiting before rinsing.
The plate is placed on a hotplate and allowed to dry and heat up before a lump of hard ground is smeared over the surface and spread across the surface with a roller to create an even layer.
The layer of ground is golden in colour. The plate is smoked in order to strengthen the ground, increasing its resistance, and to turn it black. The plate is suspended face down and taper candles are burnt underneath, the carbon in the smoke becoming part of the ground.
Unfortunately the wind blows necessitating frequent relighting of tapers and much frustration. The resulting two plates are now ready for drawing.
Other adventures had today include meeting a gallery cat.
And procuring graphite powder for projects.
I’m feeling a strong pull back to the blackness of my uni works. A desire to create rich, velvety,disturbing black masses again. I keep returning in thought to the aims of my etchings at that time and how I might achieve them now, need to devote more time.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, lino cut, relief print
A foreboding Mordialloc skyline, stark windblown trees, a giant sky of clouds, hemmed in by wire, mesh, fenced barricades.
Filed under: book binding, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, lino cut, relief printing
New technology to mimic the old. Printing experiments have been a success with laser engraved and hand cut relief prints applied in layers. Today the parts will be pulled together into their final form encased in an embroidered map much darker than any other I’ve done.
The beginnings of another work, the lovely Kate (not me, another lovely Kate) returned from Vietnam with an embroidery for me. Transforming it into a book cover I am still uncomfortable with the appropriation of an unknown other’s work. As yet undecided on the contents I only know that I want to contextualise it with the book begun in Amsterdam focused on the sea, trade and colonisation.
Filed under: surrounds
Working out ideas and images for a new book this time in photoshop, a whole other workspace. This one will play with photographic images in a way I have not attempted before. Not sure it will work out as there is a technological element that is uncertain but I’m definitely up to trying it out.
Filed under: 2010, made in, book binding, craft, printmaking | Tags: artist book, embroidery, etching
The second copy of my embroidery and etching book The Lady’s Garden. These two books were created for the exhibition Banned Books at the Baillieu Library, details here. I’m in some good company, Eyewitness by Theo Strasser and Peter Lyssiotis is something else.
At last some time to take pictures again. I headed up Mt Cooper to the highest point in Melbourne, adorned with power lines, a water tank and a housing estate.