When working on a new design for a screen-print I noticed an advert in the printmaking today magazine (vol22 #2 summer 2013) for an international mini print exchange and exhibition which is being held in the ARTspace gallery in Chatham, Ontario in Canada. I immediately decided that this was something I wanted to get involved with and that the new design I was working on was something I could adapt for this.
The criteria for the exhibition was to produce a edition of 10 prints with a paper size no bigger than 5 inches by 5 inches and an image size no bigger than 4inches by 4 inches. The new design I was working on is a new image part of a larger body of work, which I will eventually complete which I have decided to call ‘reach’. The ‘reach project is something that I will no doubt talk about more at a future point in time, and that is something will I have been planning for a while now.
My screen-print design is based on an image of the Lovell radio telescope, which is located at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire in England (near my hometown of Northwich). The print for the exchange is probably the small screen-print I have done, and has definitely been a lot of fun to work on. It has presented a few challenges such as retaining the detail on such a small scale, and getting colours to mix and blend in the way that I wanted to. One of the colours I used in this image was a tw graphics rocket red which is a very bold and striking colour, I wanted this colour to come through a lot and after overlaying several colours it had been ‘killed off’ so I reprinted it again over the top of the original so it stood out.
Due to the lack of time, I did not have a chance to do as much proofing as I would have liked but I did have time to alter a few layers of the gradients I use to make the sky. I am happy with the end result, I know that I have plenty of food for thought for when completing the bigger version, such as improvements to the design and ideas on colour combinations. Below are a few images of the printing process and the final edition.