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 Phillips, Kindah 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.
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.