I spent much of last week working on my print series Mixed Messages I. There will be nine prints in the edition, each hand coloured. This is the base print with no colour added.
Mixed Messages I is a reflection of the experience of living through the Covid-19 pandemic. People have been subjected to conflicting information and subject to conflicting emotions. The base print is text-based, but scrambled like one of those slider puzzles. Theoretically readable but scrambled beyond recognition, the pattern is a representation of mental and emotional upheaval and confusion.
I have coloured five prints so far. (Colour in the images is not 100% accurate, but close enough to give you the idea.)
The colours shift in sequence and will return to the beginning in the final print. One print will be monochrome grays. The full suite of prints is intended to be displayed as either a series with the gray print halfway through, or as a square with the gray print in the middle. Each print functions independently.
Since I can’t colour for a full day, I have also been working on another print: Mixed Messages III. (There is already a completed paper quilt called Mixed Messages II. Yes, I sometimes finish things out of order!) I started with one inch stencilled letters, outlined then filled with cross-hatching done with a Sharpie fine tip black marker.
The filled letters were photographed, and a phrase composed from the letters. That phrase was then divided into squares and scrambled. The individual squares were re-arranged until I was satisfied with the pattern they created. Here’s what is —probably— the final version of the base print.
I should have the rest of Mixed Messages I finished by the end of this week, and will post them next Sunday.
In book arts news:
If you want to learn more about the early history of books, you can read this article here.
Introduction to Watercolour Batik on Washi with Paige Mortensen
While not strictly a ‘book arts’ workshop, I see no reason that this process could not be used in the making of artists’ books. You can find more information about Paige Mortensen’s workshop here.