On & On

At the end of May, The Aesthetic Union organized and hosted ON & ON, a limited edition letterpress show exploring pattern, repetition, and rotation. The idea was to "create a dynamic pattern that can work uniquely in different arrangements".   The show featured six Bay Area artists and designers, who were asked to create a unique piece to be duplicated and tiled together creating an ongoing, ever-changing motif.   I was so pleased to have a pattern printed with them in the company of other artists I admire like Heather PhillipsKindah Khalidy, Brendan Monroe, and Sean Newport.  

Initially I had submitted a pattern with eight colors, obviously overseeing the specs mentioning sticking to two colors only.  I have worked with James of Aesthetic Union on other letterpress pieces for projects in the past like this and this, so he understood that process was a major part of my practice, that color(s) was kind of my thing, and picking just two is a struggle.  He kindly suggested that maybe I should come in to the shop so we can make a process-based print together.  So I thought it might be fun to share some of that process here.  

Mixing ink, I realized, is a lot like making cake.  You need a recipe, a gram scale and a spatula... and then you make a mess.

Mixing ink, I realized, is a lot like making cake.  You need a recipe, a gram scale and a spatula... and then you make a mess.

James had a 5.5" x 5.5" polymer plate and exacto blade ready.  He handed over the shop Pantone color guide from which I selected four (lucky me!) colors to use for ink.  While I cut the unexposed polymer plate, James prepped the press.   

First color, hot pink.  If mixing ink is like making a cake, then inking the press is like icing one.

First color, hot pink.  If mixing ink is like making a cake, then inking the press is like icing one.

And on and on and on....

And on and on and on....

Today might be  the last day to see the show in person, should you want to pop in, but the prints are available for purchase up now on The Aesthetic Union online shop!   

Thank-you, James Tucker for helping me make a pattern print that felt like my own.  And thanks to Daniel Dent for this photo of it!

I call it "Hot Pink with Some Blues"

I call it "Hot Pink with Some Blues"