A post from me over here is long overdue, so I want to assure everyone that things are happening, the wheels are in motion… and so on.
First : A Discovery
Working on my contribution towards the Art & Lies stream of this edition, I discovered something I think is remarkable: papyrus paper feeds perfectly through inkjet printers (well, mine, anyway) and accepts the archival pigment ink beautifully!
I am still marvelling that it’s possible to bring together these two technologies, literally separated by 1000s of years and find they can operate so well together. I keep imagining the reaction of an Egyptian person from 2500BC, if she/he could just see their familiar old papyrus emerging, all neatly and beautifully printed from my Epson 2100.
Second: A Question
I need to ask you trained printmakers a question about edition numbering.
For my book I have made a drypoint print. The first one I made turned out very nicely and I was quite satisfied. However, the next two I am not happy with at all. I am realizing that I am of course at the bottom of a steepish learning curve with printmaking, and that it was probably a little over-ambitious to think that I could manage 10 or more identical or even satisfactory prints, without expending a lot of energy and without making probably at least twice as many to choose from.
So…I then thought that I could make a scan of the one I like and reproduce it on the now available digital BFK rives paper. All the other parts of the book would remain unchanged.
This would leave me with one original, which would include the actual drypoint, and then an edition of 10 or 12, with the archival digital reproduction of the drypoint + the other components as for the original.
I hope this makes sense!
My questions are:
1) Is this a reasonable thing to do?
2) If so, how do I number these? And what about the original?
I look forward to your advice and if you’d like to see a sneak preview of a little bit of my book, you can pop over to my blog and check out my latest post here.