Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Heritage Book Plates

A dear friend (and museum expert) recently gifted the studio 5 boxes of letterpress book plates that were from a small press that specialized in book publishing. These copper-faced plates are a combination of diagrams, book covers and halftone photo plates. I have been staring at them and trying to conjure up my own narrative for some of these images. Recently I began printing them with painterly swatches of colour to draw attention to the areas that intrigued me. While they produced beautiful images when printed onto handmade japanese tissues, I felt they needed another element to carry them further........ so I naturally fell into my default process of combining previously created print ephemera. The result is shown above - Yarn. I welcome any comments good, bad or indifferent!

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