Archive for category Subject: Printmaking
Beginner’s Guide to Screen Printing || Erin Lacy
Posted by Henry in Author: Erin Lacy, Medium: Screenprinting, Publisher: Search Press, Subject: Printmaking on Jan 28, 2020
Screen printing is a deceptively simple technique that takes a lifetime to master and is capable of great subtlety. Although the amount of basic equipment required is relatively small, simply sourcing and getting the hang of it can deter many beginners.
This is a straightforward guide that doesn’t attempt to get over-complicated and works with only those materials that are absolutely essential. At first sight, the lack of a list of suppliers looks like a major omission. However, perhaps a little too buried on the copyright page is the invitation to visit the publisher’s website for this information. As long as the list there is kept up to date, it avoids the frustration of finding that an outlet mentioned on the printed page has closed up or moved on. Good idea.
After the technical introduction – which benefits hugely from being written for the non-specialist, but without skating over essential information – the book is based around a series of 12 projects, for which templates are provided. This is absolutely the way to go with a subject such as this, where techniques are best learnt by practice and imitation. Once you’ve got the hang of how things work, and what’s supposed to happen when, you’re in a much better place to branch out on your own. In spite of being a short book, at 112 pages, there’s plenty of information to get you started without feeling overwhelmed or intimidated.
This is a well thought-out book that, despite being illustration-led as well as welcoming and attractive to look at, contains all the essential information. Both author and publisher are at home with their material and it shows.
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Printmaking Off The Beaten Track || Richard Noyce
Posted by Henry in Author: Richard Noyce, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: Bloomsbury, Subject: Printmaking on Feb 17, 2014
The blurb for this tells me that it’s the author’s third visit “beyond the familiar centres of art production”. You might think that the trope could be getting stretched a bit thin, but the evidence within the pages clearly indicates a rich vein. Grouped loosely by themes: Journeys & Destinations, Conflict & Resolution and Diaspora & Exile, the book is mainly arranged by region and country. This could have the effect of seeming to make connections where they do not exist, but it does generally work and there do seem to be similarities even where there is no immediate collaboration.
The styles and working methods are as varied as you might expect and pretty well every type of printmaking is represented. Subjects are often disturbing, can frequently be political and are always presented in the light of the context Noyce has given us. If you want to view the illustrations as works of art in their own right, you have to take a step backwards, but that’s perhaps also an inevitable part of any compilation and editorial overview.
This is though a beautiful and intriguing, if sometimes disturbing, book. I’m going to have to research the author’s previous two volumes now.
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The Printmakers’ Bible || Colin Gale & Megan Fishpool
Posted by Henry in Author: Colin Gale, Author: Megan Fishpool, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: A&C Black, Subject: Printmaking on Jan 7, 2013
This is a deceptive book. Flip through the pages and it appears to be a simple, if comprehensive, guide mainly intended for the beginner or maybe the intermediate student. This is because the authors and editors have learnt from the many instructional guides around that cover a variety of media and have simply adopted and adapted them here. The result is something that’s admirably clear while at the same time catering to the serious professional.
As with pretty well all of Black’s art and craft books, this is beautifully and generously illustrated and almost every element of the text has a corresponding picture. This, rather ironically, only adds to the initial impression of a simpler approach. The fact, however, is that nothing is there without a reason, whether it’s to illustrate an item or a technique or to show the work of one of the many contemporary printmakers referenced.
The authors’ coverage is comprehensive, ranging from lithography and etching to digital and CAD/CAM work and the use of photoaluminium plates. Their bona fides both as members of the Artichoke Print Workshop and as previously-published writers, are also impeccable.
The word “bible” gets bandied about a lot in many fields and is normally used for a book that has a lot of different stuff in it and for which the publishers couldn’t think of another title. Here, however, it’s more than justified.
Post-Digital Printmaking || Paul Catanese and Angela Geary
Posted by Henry in Author: Angela Geary, Author: Paul Catanese, Medium: Digital, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: A&C Black, Subject: Printmaking, Subject: Techniques on Jun 11, 2012
This is a complex technical manual that describes the use of equipment that’s probably going to be beyond the scope of the solo worker or small studio. However, if you can get access, then this is a useful book that mainly concentrates on the creative, rather than the technical processes. Although there is a technical introduction, I think it’s fair to say that a newcomer would want a considerable degree of help in getting started and that this would be available from the equipment’s owners and from other practitioners.
As is usual with Black’s manuals, the main meat of the book is an in-depth study of the work of artists in the field covered. This, again, puts the book firmly in the creative camp and the extensive and high-quality illustrations make the possibilities of the medium clear.
The book is authoritative, while at the same time concise and is an excellent introduction to a technique that requires the use of complex equipment.
Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking Techniques || Sarah Riley
Posted by Henry in Author: Sarah Riley, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: A&C Black, Subject: Printmaking on Jan 25, 2012
Black’s have always had a strong line in books on printmaking and this welcome addition looks at ways of working with a variety of low-cost materials.
Printmaking is a very technical medium, and I’m not really qualified to comment on the quality of the advice offered here, but I can say that the book is nicely produced and copiously illustrated and that there is a nice progress from relatively simple instruction to consideration of the work of a variety of practitioners in the field.
Non-Toxic Printmaking || Mark Graver
Posted by Henry in Author: Mark Graver, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: A&C Black, Series: Printmaking Handbook, Subject: Printmaking on Feb 1, 2011
Say what? Seriously, any experienced printmaker will know that the craft can involve some serious hazards from the chemicals and acids that are used and that even casual working needs serious planning and the establishment of some kind of studio area where these things can be handled, contained and disposed of.
For those without access to that kind of facility, perhaps working casually at home, or with health issues that add to the danger, Mark Graver looks at things like acrylic resists, grounds and aquatints as well as non-acidic etching techniques and the use of water-based inks.
As you’d expect from this authoritative series, this is a perfectly serious look at safer techniques and is fully illustrated with the work of contemporary printmakers who demonstrate that there’s no need to compromise on artistic quality just because you choose not to poison yourself and the environment.
Hybrid Prints || Megan Fishpool
Posted by Henry in Author: Megan Fishpool, Medium: Printmaking, Publisher: A&C Black, Series: Printmaking Handbook, Subject: Printmaking on Jan 26, 2010
Black’s excellent and developing series of Printmaking Handbooks is producing some little gems.
Although it can only be an introduction, Megan Fishpool goes a long way towards explaining the processes and practicalities of the complex hybrid print process and manages to cover most forms from stereoscopic and lenticular to intaglio and colagraph. Clearly written, and well researched and illustrated, this is an invaluable guide to a difficult subject.
Print Workshops Directory || Sean Rorke
Posted by Henry in Author: Sean Rorke, Publisher: A&C Black, Subject: Printmaking on Jan 26, 2010
I’m not sure that you can really review a directory, but it’s at least worth noting that such a thing exists.
If you’re a student of printmaking without access to your own equipment, this will give you a list of establishments across the country where you can access both equipment and the skills and advice of experienced printmakers.
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