Latest from the Studio: Going Where the Inspiration is.
Every so often it's good to take a side step and try something a little bit different.
The project I was planning to print last week simply wasn't coming together, I found myself filling my sketch book with drawings which weren't really speaking to me. I had an idea of where I wanted to get to, but pushing myself, to get something (anything!), ready for my scheduled print day, I seemed to be getting further away from it. Instead of flogging the proverbial dead horse I decided to go with a little nugget of inspiration that's been bouncing around my brain for a while.
On my Japanese trip I bought a bundle of postcard sized sheets of paper; hand made but with a beautifully smooth surface and deckle edges. Just begging to be printed on! For the last 18 months they've been sat in a drawer, patiently waiting for me to decide exactly what to print on them. Last week I finally bit the bullet, and these are the results.
I've been thinking more about consciously using the white of the paper. The idea of these little prints is for the shapes to sing out. The thing I love is the way this paper takes on the ink. It's far more porous than my usual paper stock, sucking the ink deep into its fabric, giving a rich, textural surface.
I've yet to decide exactly how I want to present these prints, possibly framed as a set of three, vertically, set against plenty of white space. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time, Rosie x