This weekend I dug up my printing archive box. All my intaglio printing plates done over the years. Since I did my first Lino print in school I’ve worked with printing in many ways. I have done silk screen, Lino cut, batik and several intaglio printing techniques like photo polymer, etching, mezzotint and dry needle. Its something I come back to again and again. I really love to print and thats why I gave myself a challenge this year with the #52weeksof printmaking, found through Fringe Association. The challenge hasn’t gone so well so far, my shoulder isn’t working and its a pain to work in almost any printing medium. Potato cutting is fine but how inspiring is that in the long run. It has to be put on hold until my shoulder has healed after my operation in February.
Now to the archive. The latest course I’ve taken is a few years back and was a bit of a surprise for me. Forgot that learning to work with photo polymer plates required photographs, that should have been obvious to anyone else but me. After the first day of nothing to print I photographed all clocks I could find in my husbands childhood home. Sort of a panic reaction that resulted in pretty nice prints. I made almost all plates 12×12 cm so that they could be combined with each other.
Another of my favorites is a little mezzotint plate. Its made by roughing up the surface of a copper plate until it prints completely black and then polishing the motif on the surface. It requires a mezzotint rocker that I borrowed over a Christmas holiday, watching tv and working on my plate for hours.
Almost any thin surface could be used as a printing medium for intaglio prints. The first picture in this post is an aluminium plate painted with different colors and then printed. A method thats produces one unique print and nothing more. Plastic and cardboard are cheap alternatives to copper and has their own expressions that can be used as they are or together with other kinds of plates.
Anything is possible!
I made this top as my warming up pattern for the sewing year. It has been a long pause, so when I found the Hemlock Tee it felt like a great thing to start with. And it is a free pattern! I have lacked tops lately and though I prefer to sew pants it was necessary to make something else. I made it more narrow than the original to fit my fabric that was a tube of vintage ribbed tricot called Lahmans-trikå here in Sweden. It is still used in Henleys and mens underwear but to be called Lahman it requires to be knitted on an original knitting machines from the 1920s.
It has been almost two years since I exhibited these drawings now. Time really flies. A lot of friends and family have asked me to publish some of my pictures here on the blog, but until now that has felt impossible. The months prior to the exhibition with all the work and worry left me exhausted and mentally drained. It took a long time just to be able to look at my pictures again. Everything when along fine during the week in the gallery but still this experience was so hard to cope with. Anyway, now I’m back showing my work and paintings again.
Welcome back to my old and new blog! A lot of things are changing. Tant Monokrom – Lady Monochrome started out mainly as my illustration business, and still is! I love making images, but my artistic life has always been more diverse than that. From now on I will be showing a more complete picture of what I like, do and what interest me as an artist and designer.
Art is my true and lifelong love. Sadly enough I haven’t worked enough on it the latest year, the why will come in an later post. I long to work more with printmaking and has started the challenge #52weeksofprintmaking to get back to it. Im currently not working with intaglio prints, haven’t got access to a printing press but later maybe. Mediums like oil, graphite, ink and acrylics are otherwise my preferred mediums.
One of my largest interest is sewing clothes and textiles in general. I used to work in a fabric shop and my focus then was sewing vintage patterns like belle époque corsets and 1950s cocktail dresses, well fitting but for me still unwearable clothes. Most of what I made is gone now, whats left is sewing patterns and fabric remnants. Nowadays I like sewing whats challenging, modern and usable. I love the diversity of whats available with the new movement of independent pattern designers and I have reached the point where I have confidence to design myself. Sometimes I do batik, silk screen and other printing techniques to create my own fabrics.
I regularly scavenge flee markets and charity shops for stuff that inspires me, that could be anything, an old dress, pillow case, book, handbag, kitchen item or ornament. Im more selective with what I buy than I used to and sometimes its enough to just look.
Occasionally Ill share recipes, probably something vegetarian. I will not bother anyone with food posts very often, this is not a cooking blog.