Work in Progress

My work is now getting underway nicely and I'd like to broaden the subject more so I took more inspiration from Cornilia Parker, and took the descision to smash the light bulb within the lamp and go deeper into the parts of the lamp. Here is what I have come up with so far...

Here is the broken lightbulb and within it reveals...

... What seems like a tiny light bulb inside. So I have decided to draw this and experiment more with this image.

I have yet to print this and am thinking of different ways to push this project further.

Kate Bingaman Burt

I'm really into Burt's work at the moment, I'm a big fan of how she has drawn something that she has bought everyday. I like the idea of having collections and also her style of drawing is very animated and it feels like her objects are a little personified. I think this was my aim when I was doing my intaglio prints.

Although not the same subject matter, I can relate her work to mine as the stlyes are similar in the sense that we both have simply laid out our objects clearly and in a very standard perspective. Although this sounds boring I think this factor makes the work more interesting in a way.

Also her works are mostly line drawings. I like how it makes the drawings simple yet less dense.

Intaglio Printing ptII (and process)

From my earlier  intaglio prints, i wanted to a little bit of a series (inspiration taken from Kate Bingaman Burt). So I did a couple more prints based on taking my lamp apart and drawing different parts of it.

 Here is where I inked my plate up. It's real cool because you have the ink which is really thick and then you add this weird jelly into it and it thins it out.

Here is my next design which I inked up. It shows the lamp with different components added and taken away.

Once the ink is put on, all the excess needs to come off so i used this material called scrim and then to get a really clean plate without removing the ink from the engraved parts, we were told to use this tracing paper which worked really well.

When that is done, it is put through this machine to press the ink onto the paper so you end up with your design. I like how I can always repeat the process again and again if it doesn't work out properly.

Here is my next design of the structure of my lamp. Mostly just the holder. I'm really pleased with this composition.

These are my 2 final prints of of the series of 3. I think they turned out well however , they do look a little flat. I'm not sure if tat's just the style I've chosen to draw them in or the images themselves. I am happy with the composition of my plates so overall I think these are a success and I'm pleased with how they turned out. I also like how I've done a series and they all go together well.

British Museum

The image I drew of the dum dum at the British museum is upside down but as you can see I've started a lino on this. Eventually to print. I decided to do this image as I really like it. I think it is very bold and would look amazing as a print, so I have tried it. I have not yet printed it but will post it when I've printed it.

Lino Printing

These lino prints are from my foundation, I thought I'd post them on here just to show my other work a little as I really like these lino prints and shows my relevant experience.

To link lino to my object, I thought I'd look at the pattern on my lamp instead of the draw the lamp itself.

I started my lino with the right tools

 As you can see I drew on my pattern from the lamp first then started engraving the pattern onto it.

For this particular one, I thought I'd do it at home as the machine in uni makes the print really monochrome and clean, but here at home, the print will come out rustic like the original pattern on the lamp.

These were my results. This print is on black paper. I thought the pattern would look nice repeated several times to make a wallpaper/wrapping paper type print.

I also tried it on gold paper to recreate the original lamp pattern.

This is the lino area in the printmaking rooms in uni. I have tried it out and I produced an image of a dog but the prints got lost, so I don't have evidence of them.

And here is the machine which presses the image onto paper. It's really stiff to use but a lot of fun!

Artist research: Georges Prosper Remi aka Hergé

Hergé is the guy who wrote tin-tin and I've been looking at his work recently since 'Tin Tin 3D' is coming out soon, i thought it was relevant to look at his work. Although not relevant to my printmaking, this has been something that has inspired me this week so I thought it relevant to conclude it.
I'm mostly looking at his character development. I think his sketches and drawings are really delecate and innocent it some way.

I especially like these 2 a the innocence of his lines make the whole composition of them very interesting.

Intaglio Printing - 1st Print

De-piecing my lamp, I started with the lightbulb

After learning the process of intaglio, I have now started my first real print. Firstly, I'm going to draw the image:

The engraved card of my object
When I printed this it didn't come out too well, however although there is fault with the image on the left I kind of like the marks it has made.

The one on the right just seems too faint. I guess it looks more 3D though as the object is glass and looks more transparent. 

The Brief

"For Monday 10th October (next week) you would have chosen the object you will be working with (and nominating to the 'History of the World in 101 objects' project) and you will bring it for the session on this day."

I chose my object of a lamp as like Parker, I can disassemble it as it has different parts that I could draw and study.

Cornilia Parker - Cold Dark matter: An Exploded View, 1991

In the first week of our module in Explorations in Creative Process the group went to the Tate to see Parker's sculpture of a shed she blew up then put the pieces back together as if they were just exploding. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend this as I got stuck in Manchester due to train problems.

Although I have not seen this piece in real life...yet... I have already been drawn to it as in the photo the image seems so dramatic and interesting. Like the shadows cast by the light and wood seem to fill the room with an organised chaos that draws you in to the whole sculpture.

At first I got really confused with he different modules and didn't understand how this linked up with my drawing module. I then realised we don't have to relate our work for our drawing module with the printmaking one.

Learning to Intaglio

"Intaglio is a family of printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, known as the matrix or plate, and the incised line or area holds the ink. Normally, copper or zinc plates are used as a surface, and the incisions are created by etchingengravingdrypointaquatint or mezzotintCollographs may also be printed as intaglio plates."

My first attempt at intaglio

I created this image by engraving my image onto a piece of card, which i chose at random just to test the process. I then inked the card so the ink would seep into the engraved parts. Then I rubbed the excess ink off and put it through the presser so transfer the ink onto the paper, leaving my desired design.

I did initially have problems, especially because my design had writing on it. This is because the image prints back to front so I had to re-do my design. Eventually it came out right, as seen above.  Although happy with my first attempt, I feel I could better the image by cleaning my plate more thoroughly before putting it through the presser as this will create a cleaner more precise image.