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I finally got my work back from my etching workshop at uni, but I’ve been so busy it’s only been uploaded now. The process to get this is long, so I’ll try to be brief:

First you polish your metal, then use a special substance (can’t remember the name!?) to remove the polish, whilst keeping the shine. Then you heat it up on a hotplate, and apply wax. This can be hard or soft wax, but for this I used hard. You need to roll the wax onto the plate to leave a flat coating. You then heat it under a flame to ‘cook’ the wax, leaving a layer of soot on the plate. After it has cooled down, you scratch on your design with a sharp point. You then apply varnish to the edges of the plate to stop the edges eroding. You then drop it in a diluted acid, and leave (time depends on how deep you want the erosion). You can then clean the plate and start printing! This is simple, you roll your ink onto the plate, wipe the ink into the grooves, and away from the flat surfaces – then run it through a press to leave the print on the paper (the paper needs to have been soaked in water for about 20 minutes!). It takes the best part of a week to dry completely.

Sorry that was so long, but now you’ve learnt something! My next workshop is letterpress, and will be next week on Friday 4th.

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This was a quick snapshot I took at 7:30am on 21/10/11 from my flat window. The bright sunrise lit my entire room orange and woke me up, so I dashed to my camera. This literally lasted a couple of minutes before it disappeared. The last photography I did was A-Level, maybe I’ll get a chance to upload some photos I did a few years ago.

Thought this was worth uploading, though it looked much better in real life ! (My DSLR camera isn’t expensive enough to make it look perfect).

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I made this kusudama a few days ago, and then got to work on taking a photo a few days later. As you can see by the title, this is my favourite kusudama that I’ve made up to this point, so I really wanted a great picture to capture this. I love this image just as much as the model itself!

This is the first time I’ve used a print for my origami, and from the results it definitely won’t be the last – (watch this space!)

The paper is (another) print from Ben Newman, I bought it as wrapping paper, and cut it all up to fold. It took a long time, but well worth it.

-Got lots of stuff to post up here in the coming week!-

I’m still working on my 3 week typography project, so will probably post up some more work-in-progress before the final deadline next week. I’m happy with what I’m producing at the moment, so I’d like to post up some stuff in a few days when I get a chance.

I also had an printmaking-etching workshop at university last week, and will get my prints at the end of the week – so I will post that up at a later date too.

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I’m just over halfway through a 3 week typography project, and things are starting to come together. So far I’ve only shown some finished pieces, so I thought it would be good to show something that I’m working on at the moment.

The aim was to gain inspiration from Peckham High St, and produce a typeface from what I find. I was intrigued by the Asian signage dotted around the shops, and wondered if I could turn that into English. Some of you might think it’s a lame idea to go on, but I had so much fun mimicking the distinct shapes to produce this!

Each ‘square’ is the letters formed to produce one word, these 9 words form a sentence if read from left to right. The letters are obviously styled different, but you might be able to pick some up and end up working out the sentence! Try figuring it out now – I’ll let you know what it says lower down the page!

*HINT – The sentence is a well known pangram.

I have a few other ideas on the go at the moment incase this one flops, but I’m happy with it for now. There’s still plenty of time for it to all change for the final piece!

I made a new origami kusudama yesterday, and I reckon it’s my favourite I’ve made so far (so prepare yourselves) – once I’ve got a picture of it I’ll post it up for all to see.

Oh, and the sentence reads ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog’. Did you guess it? :^] Now you know it, take another look at the picture – you can start to see the words form from what used to be just a pile of random strokes !

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I’ve just realised I haven’t posted anything up in nearly a week! I’ve been mega busy, but I got my prints back today which I did last Friday. I made 5 in total, but here are the best of the set.

Relief printing is literally taking a print from a block – this is basically a more complicated potato-print !

A lot of thought had to go into this as I had to cut away sections of it at a time, print it, chisel away a bit more, then print it again over the same image etc. It took up an entire day, and I could have easily spent many more hours on it. It’s great coming up with a cool design on a computer, but the texture of the print means it’s never exactly the same, and that just can’t be beaten.

I would LOVE to say I came up with this design,and although I changed a couple of bits, and mixed up the colours, it is actually a recent print from a bloke called Ben Newman. He has an exhibition currently on at Nobrow¬†called Masks, and I definitely recommend having a look – he’s made wooden masks to accompany these prints too, they’re amazing.

In other news, I’m in the middle of designing and building a book-binding clamp, which will no doubt come in handy very shortly (I’ll post up a picture of my book-binding results in a couple of weeks!) In the meantime, keep checking back for some more stuff I post up in the next few days!

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I made this kusudama a week or two ago, and it’s probably one of my favourites so far. I thought rather than take a normal picture I’d experiment a bit, so I shot this one in a dark room with only the faint light from my alarm clock. I haven’t done any editing on this (but I was very tempted!)

You can see minimal detail on this so I had second thoughts about putting this up. But I thought it was worth showing anyway, even if it’s a little sketchy. We live and learn!

Also, just started a 3 week typography project! So I’m bound to put up some stuff as I go along. Through the coming weeks I’ll be trying all sorts of printing stuff, so I might try and put something up if it’s worth showing! This Friday is relief printing – watch this space !

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Here is some artwork I recently developed for a local band. This image included so many photographs which I had to layer up and edit, along with plenty of hours on Photoshop. I always manage to spot little flaws when I’m finished, so I’ve had to return to this a good few times to re-edit.

I wasn’t happy with any typeface that I found, so every letter I used is actually a photograph of individual words from the rest of the Cluedo game board. Each letter has been photographed, scaled and edited further in Photoshop to complete the words – it took up a lot of time, but I’m happy with the outcome of this method!

I’m currently in the process of designing a sleeve for the EP and a design for the EP CD. I might get a chance to post some finals up here in the future.

Bored Games are up-coming, and releasing their EP in the very near future! If you’re interested, lots more info at Bored Games¬†!

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