Friday, 17 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

New press!

Polymetaal HPV-60

I bought my first press! Have been on the lookout for a second hand one for a couple of years now. I am the third owner. Still very much in perfect condition. I can’t find any signs of a manufacturer, though it seems to resemble the Polymetaal HPV-60.

The first test print (contains a possible christmas-card spoiler) came out beautifully. Good tools produce better results. The mangle that led me to this has from today been demoted.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Posted

Process notes for Experiment 1. The idea: A continuation of my initial project – to learn how the tools and materials (lino and different types of ink) behave. For my contribution to the Posted/Unposted exhibition.

One. An edition of 40 decent linoleum prints is hard to achieve. Especially when the DIY press applies uneven pressure to the block and when the printmaker is hardly a printmaker (yet).

Two. Remember the name of the paper you’re printing on.

Three. Always do a minimum of one test run.

Four. Umber ink, please dry! I hear extenders and retarders provide such qualities. How about just making ink capable of drying without additives?

Five. Pre-made coloured envelopes are really expensive. Custom made ones take time.

Six. Do envelopes need glue to be considered envelopes?

Seven. Damn proper linoleum with its canvas backing-lint sticking to my ink rollers.

Eight. Do not number and sign the edition until all parts of the project are completed.

Nine. A proper printmaker never cuts, only tears (paper).

Ten. Need paper-registration practice. Cheat-code: Carve crop marks directly into the block!

Eleven. Perfection was never the goal. Process rather. And seeing it through. Phew!

 

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Unposted

Work in progress. Showing first at the Bergen Art Book Fair in October along with many other artists and designers through the Nordic Letterpress collaboration. The exhibition is titled Posted/Unposted.

Mette Ambeck / Jim Berggren / Nina Bondeson / Birna Einarsdóttir / Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson (Reykjavik Letterpress) / Tova Fransson / Edward Johansson (Ahvaland) / Ane Thon Knutsen / Bent Kvisgaard / Imi Maufe / Sakari Männistö / Lina Nordenström / Ottar Ormstad / Tina Jonsbu / Viba Bredahl, Hjördis Haack, Nina Kleivan, Jesper Palm, Anna Marie Ploug, Carina Zunino (Svends Bibliotek) / Barbro Ravander /  Johan Solberg / Göta Svensson (Tryckkammaren) / Richard Årlin

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

December

First print test through the mangle press resulted in an edition of 9 cards total decent enough to put in the post. It was good to see the setup actually working in practice! Silver mixed with black ink.

 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Monday, 25 May 2015

Collecting the equipment pt. 1

Mangle

I had been reading online about converting old mangles (clothing-presses) into etching/relief presses.  In principle, their function is identical. Spare mangles are abundant, whereas etching presses are scarce, both used and new.

Buying a new press would be an exaggeration, as they are both expensive and difficult to transport. I had no luck asking people where I could find one in desperate need of a new home, nor did I get any results from ads. Since I already was in possession of  two mangles, the choice was simple.

I compiled a list of items to to make the conversion complete:

  • a bed plate made from a thin, strong material to fit between the two rollers
  • wool printmaking blankets (at least two)
  • a table/workbench to mount the mangle onto

Friday, 22 May 2015

Clavicle boost

620x700

This project came to be the winter of 2014/15. A longing for change, for manual labour, a hobby, a substantial pastime. First, the plan is to explore (and ideally get better at) relief printing, essentially linoleum- and woodcut.

The initial setup for this site was all done one-handed, due to an unfortunate bike ride that ended with my left clavicle fracturing.