It has been ten weeks since my last printmaking class, and it feels like a very long time. The new term starts tomorrow - a new day of the week because I have put myself in the 'Improvers' category. A new instructor too. Holly Drewett was just what I needed when I started, and it is a disappointment that she is no longer artist in residence, but I look forward to working with Heather Upton.
This term I hope to pursue two areas of interest in more depth than before. Polyester lithography appeals to me because I can continue to develop images in my usual way on the computer, and then use the laser printer to make the plate. I have developed a handful of designs to experiment with, including this below of some shadows cast from the objects on a window sill, including a wooden mannequin, a wire bicycle given to me as a present in Zimbabwe, and an extraordinary drooping thin cactus plant my mother used to have. I took a photo of the shadows on my white blind, and have played about with them subsequently. I love the mysterious nature of shadows, and coincidentally I read another post about them this morning.
The other area of interest is printing with carborundum. Previously I had been using intaglio techniques, but this term I would like to try relief: in other words to try some monotypes involving carborundum and stencils.
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