8002Re: [PPLetterpress] bringing the cost of plates down
- Jun 28, 2007Adele-
This doesn't answer your literal question, but it answers the spirit
of your question.
If they were my students i'd suggest they try woodcuts instead of PP
to create images. College kids are time rich and cash poor. A $30 set
of woodcutting tools and some 3/4" plywood [which can be scrounged or
bought cheaply] and they're set. And they're making art with their
hands - it's immediate, tactile, & cheap.
One of my biggest gripes with printmakers these days: valuing
computer work over hand work. PP is great for text, job printing,
etc. - for when you're making enough money to justify the cost. If
your students are going to be professional job printers or book
printers then it makes sense to go this route. But if you want to
make images on the cheap - i'd start thinking elsewhere. If they're
going to be artists they better get used to being poor and
resourceful. I think it's part of my job as an instructor to prepare
them for being poor and how to deal with it.
How about a tint block. One solid block that gets inked up. Use
makeready to create the image. Amos Kennedy uses this technique to
great effect. I've made images just by building up scotch tape on the
tympan. All you need is some chipboard, paper, tape, glue. Another
printmaker I know buys vinyl placemats from the goodwill to make his
plates from, cuts them with an xacto knife. How about high density
foam and xacto knives - totally free! The Purgatory Pie Press did a
whole series of prints using duct tape for the relief image.
If they want to use text, i'd go with used metal type. Definitely
cheaper than PP. If you're resourceful you can get it for free. I've
got a whole house full of type that was given freely. There are vast
amounts of stymie and park avenue that no one wants. Have your
students do some leg work, ask around to old timey printers. Setting
type by hand is free, and your students will learn the basics of
typography, and accordingly their digital typography will improve.
It wouldn't hurt to think outside the boxcar... um, i mean, box.
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