June 26 – texture

Spiral Lino-cut, printed in two colours.

For the last year, i’ve been building up my repertoire of linos cut in patterns and textures. Recently i’ve ramped that up a bit – adding a new spiral, rectangle pattern and more. There are a few new broadsides in the mix, as i experiment with overlaying them in various colours and combinations. Stay tuned.

Punk Rock

Yesterday, my time in the shop was limited to a few hours in the evening. I had an idea to work with a quote from Henry Rollins.

“Questioning anything and everything, to me, is punk rock.” – Henry Rollins

I started with placing “anything” in the press, in big, bold sans wood type and printing in pink. At this point i’m really improvising. I let the type cascade down from the top left corner, diagonally. Then i had to return to the top of the sheet – and figured i’d re-use the “thing” part of anything and let it finish Everything. Then, with the top line, printed in orange.

Next, i needed to finish it off – and red seemed correct for this. Overall, it’s a bold cluster of type which the reader is challenged to read through.

Drag the Burden

Here’s a piece i printed in the kitchen of Margaret Lock – Lock’s Press in Kingston, Ontario. Margaret taught me how to set type in her kitchen pressroom on a chilly fall day in 2004. It’s a poem i hand-set and printed on lovely paper i hand painted beforehand. Poem by Janette Platana.