I’ve completed induction sessions on the laser cutter and 3d printers at Makespace, Cambridge.
My next step will be to start planning how to use these technologies to create printing plates that won’t shatter under pressure, and how to condense actual depths of the subject into a maximum of 1.5mm to pass through the press safely.
The first part of this project is to start experimenting with analogue printmaking techniques and build up my skills and confidence at the press.
I’ve spent the summer trying a number of techniques including etching and aquatint and exploring the possibilities of transfer printing by taking textures directly from particular surfaces and applying them to a zinc plate.
I’m producing a series of prints exploring the topography of potholes and road surface cracks, building on my research focussed on landscape surfaces and the relationship between the micro & macroscopic characteristics.
Using my last set of prints as a departure point ‘Landscape | Object’, I’ve been working on two zinc plates and creating different levels and surfaces to create a 3 dimensional image within a 2 dimensional plane. I will be using blind emboss as well as inked plates as part of this technique.