Artist Edition Updates

Before I get into this weeks edition updates, last Sunday I posted the first of the portfolio profile series. This will be a series of post profiling the printmaker and their collaborator for each pair and we started off with Melanie Yazzie, click here to check out her background and collaborator.

For this weeks update, we have news on the two current artist editions, Chris Bathgate and Tom Petzwinkler.

First off, Tom and I meet this past Thursday to finally give him a tour of the studio and look over the samples from the first test. As per usual, getting an artist into the shop and discussing different processes can really get the brain flowing, Tom immediately start asking questions about different pieces of equipment and processes, but it all came back to the laser engraved images he first saw me talk about a little over a year ago. So, we will currently be moving in the direction of utilizing laser engraved woodcut plates in some edition-able fashion, but I cannot say how we will do it.

As for Chris, there were a few hiccups in the in the creation of the latest plates for his edition. The main being that the engraving bit he utilized to create the first plate broke its tip in the creation of the second play, in trying to resolve this issue by lowering the bit slightly, it seemed to exaggerate the problem and create lines that may not print well.

Chris then ordered a spring loaded drag bit to try and compensate for the slight depth change that caused some of the above issues. This a better plate in comparison, but a thinner line. I don’t foresee this being an issue, but its something that will be noticed quickly once I am able to create proofs this coming week.

Two test plates, left is the spring loaded bit, the right a regular engraving bit.

Two test plates, left is the spring loaded bit, the right a regular engraving bit.

Left is spring loaded, right is regular

Left is spring loaded, right is regular

So this coming week will have some interesting tests and discussions for collaborations, but we are getting into a good zone at R&D.

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