A little of what I have been up to in my last few weeks in Paris –
Above are some photos of my recent offset printing project. After making my book sculptures (click here to view) I started looking at the sides of the pages where the text can be seen but only in the form of dashes and lines. The slicing of the book seemed to create automatic drawings revealing a trace of the letters and words within.
Taking these sliced up book parts I made scans of the sides and played with the images, enlarging them and selecting parts to make into stand-alone drawings.
I decided to create prints using my final image (3 book sections seen through 3 basic shapes) with an offset printing technique whereby you expose your image onto a chemically treated metal plate. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat metal plate to carry the image and obtains ink from rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
The colours for the print are taken from the CMYK printing model used by modern household printers. It is subtractive printing model where Cyan, Magenta and Yellow are used to create the rest of the spectrum. I wish to explore and bring together the impact of different technologies in history and by taking images from the ancient practice of book-making and printing them with an early 20th century lithographic process, in colours associated with modern home printing, hopefully I am combining and using technologies from across the ages!