Northern Print Plate Prep

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From the end of May to the beginning of June, I enjoyed working at Northern Print in Newcastle upon Tyne. The studio, with a full suite of printmaking facilities awards a residency prize at each Biennale. I was fulfilling 2014’s prize and was lucky to overlap with 2016’s awardee Lisa Andrén. Above, testing three copper plates at 100% black for the newest edition. Below, the ferric chloride corner:

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Powdered pigment for ink mixing:

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Aquatinted plates, clean and ready:

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Finding the time:

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Sketchbucket

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I’ve been making ceramic Möbius strips to use as models for a new portrait series and these 3D “sketches” are starting to accumulate in the studio. With each iteration, I learn more about the form and discover ways in which it can be elaborated. Above: the “sketchbucket,” which casts a continuum of gestural shadows throughout the day and below: some individual portraits.

The Second Studio

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Six more weeks in the Greenwich Rd. studio. It has been almost a year of watching the robins forage the lawn and the glow of southern light. More than 100 editioned prints have rolled off this press in the last year.