Edition Updates and SciArt projects

It’s been a busy two weeks since the last post about R&D editions specific work. Two more profiles for the 2016 Intersecting Methods portfolio were posted in the past month, one of Amze Emmons and the other of Deborah Cornell, both well established printmakers working with very interesting collaborators.

In R&D news, I’ve been able to meet with both Tom Petzwinkler about his interests and Stephen Lambert about our print for the Intersecting Methods portfolio. Tom has been working on some very beautiful photography series that he is interested in translating through some print processes. Right now, we will be experimenting with some ways to use the laser engraver to make this happen. Depending upon the results of the first experiments will tell us a lot about the possibilities and issues that come with some of the ideas. Look for posts about these as I am able to get the tests done.

As for my collaboration with Stephen Lambert, we are making some good progress and have gotten closer on the final decision for imagery. Stephen has gotten his algorithms to be much tighter in their programming, making it much easier for him to make adjustments when he needs to. This should speed things up significantly, getting us much closer to the final program for processing.

We also discussed the concept behind the final image for the print. It has been a big issue in what would make sense to use as the imagine for the program to interpret because there are so many variables on to how the program might react and what is best to try out. We came to the decision to play with a sampling of images complied into the final print instead of trying to find just one image to use to test all the variables.

Also, this past week, I demonstrated linoleum block printing to an Honors College course on biodiversity to show how art can start to get across the research ideas in a new way. The students will be coming back to print their own works in a month. I’ll post images of the final designs when they are done. In the mean time here are some pictures from the demonstration taken by their professor, Dr. Karen Lips.

Discussing the process.

Discussing the process.


Showing the students how to ink their plates.

Showing the students how to ink their plates.


Showing them how to use the press.

Showing them how to use the press.


Quick hand printing to show the students how they can do this at home if they enjoy it.

Quick hand printing to show the students how they can do this at home if they enjoy it.

More updates will be posted and tests shown as I am able to complete them. Check in next week for a new profile on another collaborative pair for the 2016 Intersecting Methods portfolio.

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