The Allure of Layering

I am in thrall to the processes of making the separations that Dan Bugg at Penfold Press  transforms into the screens he uses to produce our Gawain prints. Drawn and painted onto layers of transparent film, the limited palette of greys, black and red oxide are substituted in the printing process for the rich colours I favour for the project. But there is a sobriety in the layers of artwork that appeals to me.

The light works in so many interesting ways on the films, that I find myself photographing them at every stage of the work. Luckily they survive the process of transference to the screens, and afterwards Dan stores them in his plan-chest. It might be interesting to exhibit them one day, together with the prints that were made from them. The screens themselves get cleaned and used again, and so the transparencies alone are the record of how the prints were made.

The following images are of transparencies for the third print in the series, The Green Knight Bows to Gawain’s Blow.

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6 thoughts on “The Allure of Layering

  1. Absolutely thrilling to watch this….I particularly like the faint ‘smudges’ of colour, as in the first two images. It’s wonderful to see all the potential ‘other images’ that each finished image contains. As when a piece of work is photographed as it goes along….I often look back and see the points where I made a decision to change something and have a pang of regret about the image I abandoned by making those changes! Your print images show very clearly all the other ways, colour-wise, that you might have chosen. Exciting stuff!

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