Sometimes it is nice to slow down. I think this is what I have enjoyed most about my recent foray into printmaking. I like the process. It slows me down. It slows the printing process down. This gives me time to think and a chance to figure out how I would like the ink to dry on the paper. Going through this printing process makes me appreciate and value my prints more.
I spent a few weekends last year in the print studio at Dundee Contemporary Arts, as I was experimenting with developing some print designs for the new Dundee Print Collective. The print collective set no theme, but there was a set format. So the print had to be specific dimensions, with one black layer and one optional further colour. It was busy in the studio, with a number of people in the newly formed collective working away – at various stages of the printing process. I developed two prints over a two different weekends and I have discussed them a little more below.
There was an amazing amount of prints made by various people for this Dundee Print Collective project last year. I found seeing the diverse amount of work being produced has already sparked a number of new ideas for me and I am really enjoying exploring and experimenting with print. They have just set some dates for a second round of round of printmaking and I can’t wait to get back to it. Although, I’ll have to start thinking up some new ideas.