That being said, I was pleased that the call for entries forced me to try a new technique, and work in a scale which I was not accustomed to.
Paper lithography is a method that uses a Xerox print which you coat with gum arabic. You then wipe off the excess and ink the image, wipe again, and print from the “plate” onto paper using a printing press. It allows you to create large images. I enjoyed the process, but as I’ve mentioned in my other project posts, I am all about the texture, and this process still doesn’t meet that need.
The image I started with was one I took of the shawl that my friend Jali gave to me for my birthday several years ago. She had spun the yarn, dyed it with onion skins and knit the shawl using a pattern which I should know, but can’t seem to remember at the moment.
I took the digital image of the shawl, manipulated it in Photoshop and had it photocopied large scale to use as my printing plate, which then went through the process described above.
It is big, and I love it, it is a special reminder of a woman who was kind, talented and so in tune with the world around her.Julie Rosvall Wolfville, NS (where I am excited about next years call for expressions of interest, a curated show called “Change Ahead“ that challenges members to use new technologies)