Starting the Semester and Editioning

Two weeks ago the new 2015-2016 school year started at the University of Maryland and it has been all hands on deck ever since. This semester I am teaching 4 courses because of a few emergency hire needs, so my schedule has been a bit crazy as I am working to complete the editions of the three plates for Chris Bathgate this month.

As with all of my collaborations, I work with a specific budget and number of sheets of paper for each project. With the plates created by Chris being 5″x5″ in scale, I am able to start each edition with 48 sheets for printing. This will most likely end with anĀ edition of around 35 for each plate giving us a good selection to sell as both individual prints and as suites.

To be able to print such a large edition on my own, one step I have taken is to wet the paper using the damp pack method. This technique utilizes the moisture gained from soaking the paper and pressure from weight to evenly distribute through the complete stack of paper for printing. By soaking half the paper for the final printing and creating a stack that goes dry, wet, dry, wet. The final stack is put into a plastic bag or wrapped in a plastic bag, depending on the size, and placed under pressure for two days. With the moisture spread amongst the sheets, they will be perfectly set for printing.

Soaking paper for damp pack.

Soaking paper for damp pack.

Ink and setup for printing.

Ink and setup for printing.

Below are the first two plates for the suite being produced for Chris Bathgate.

First plate of Chris Bathgate suite

First plate of Chris Bathgate suite

Second plate of Chris Bathgate suite

Second plate of Chris Bathgate suite

Next week we will have another profile post for the 2016 Intersecting Methods portfolio and in two weeks the press post should have images of the final plate and print for the series by Chris Bathgate.

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