Due to time being too short before the hand in, I only managed to prepare 2 screens for print and then only actually print one of them. The result came out really nice though and I am very happy with it. However, I did realise that two of my designs might need some tweaking in terms of how big or small the halftone image is (the size of the dots I mean) because I did have some difficulties washing out the emulsion from the screen with the dots being so small. I decided I am going to redo all of them for the final hand in before the summer because I would really like to see them all screenprinted, it just makes the colours so much more vibrant and alive. Something that digital print cannot do- especially if you want that electric blue and red colour I am after which I took from my “child water” gif because I think that colour combination really works and looks great on a poster. I did try some other colours as well, more pastel-y ones because I have used that quite a lot in my gifs but I couldn’t get it to have the same kind of punch that I got with the vibrant red. I also thought of inverting the red and blue elements but that made my thread poster look like blood running down from the top. So I decided to leave the red background with blue objects for all of them as that was most effective and looked best.
Poster publication! I struggled with this one. Foldy things aren’t generally a favourite, and the need for it to be so smart I think puts so much pressure on the design that I found it difficult to make up my mind about how I wanted it to look. One thing that definitely needed to be included was the extension of the bench and playing with the folds to show that in a fun way. I wanted to make something that folded like, a crazy amount of times to exaggerate it but when I thought about how that would work when stacking the publications, it wouldn’t work. I didn’t want it to have too much volume, plus I found the restriction of the A3 size that the poster had to be + a lot of folds = not great as the publication would look smaller than I wanted it to. It needed to have some weight to it, the publication needed to feel robust, like the bench. Making it small and/or like it was apologizing for itself would feel wrong and not representative of the bench.
Posters for the gifs! Something I hadn’t really thought about at all until last week. Trying to get some ideas I started out sketching small images of different layouts I thought could work. I liked the images but couldn’t get the type right so I started experimenting with the type instead to see if I could get anywhere with that. Well, I didn’t. Thinking about movement, repetition and layering I tried drawing type, collage, cutting up type, blurring type, stitching. Didn’t like any of it. The only one I did like was the “may” in blue and yellow, however when I tried the same technique for the other words it just looked really gross.
Sketches for posters, Lisa 2017
The publication took a long time to figure out what to do with as none of the ideas felt right. Initially, Finn came up with an A5 format and we discussed different binding ideas such as using split pins and tape and printing ideas included screenprint and digital.
Publication idea, Finn Kidd 2017
After Finn designed our posters, we went to screen print them to try out using split fountain technique. The first designs we did were ones where the type itself was coloured in, on either white paper or coloured paper. They looked really nice but the small information type wasn’t really visible especially when the yellow ink covered it. Posters seen here. So I decided to redo them, testing out filling the background with ink and leaving the type white and that came out better because you could read it better and see the imperfections of the tape helvetica better. Plus, you know colour. Yay! Seen below are three of the outcomes from my printing, two having some quirks and imperfections because of the printing process, and the last one being just perfect. Together they look really nice!
Screenprinting! Starting to create my design for this I took inspiration from these two sketches I quickly did a couple of days ago in a sudden rush of inspiration where I tried to make the Zero expression more contemporary in a way, or pop-y but still keeping the zero vibe.
Zero poster sketches, by Lisa
My first attempt seen below too the right worked okay, I imitated one of my letterpress results from a previous workshop, but it didn’t vibrate enough so second attempt seen to the left was an experiment in creating more fluid lines that more resemble some of the tests I created with my blue and black Klein experiments. Way better results! More alive and with more movement so that’s what I went for, for the final print in two colours.
Ideas for screenprint, by Lisa
I love sculpture, really. Especially outside where it’s a bit unexpected and kind of a treat to stumble upon (not literally haha). On right now at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery is London-based artist Helen Marten who exhibits screen printed collage style paintings alongside intricate sculpture installations packed with tiny details you only notice after going up close, but also a metal line (in lack of a better word) that runs along the ceiling of the exhibition space only to end up in a jumbled knot at the end.
Oh scanner you glorious machine! I know I mentioned in my previous post that I was going to cut my prints and piece them together in a different way. Well. After doing some test folding and hating the result even more than before I realized I should just stop fiddling more with the prints as it would only make it worse.
I got really excited by this project when I first heard of it. Making posters that represent songs while having virtually no restrictions in terms of concept or production. Let the gates of creativity stand wide open!
I decided to work some more with the “directly translated sentences” from this post and made the drawings into posters! I found this quite fun and I’m thinking about slowly adding to this project and maybe make it in to a zine or printing them using silkscreen. Just need some more nonsense sentences and I’ll be good to go!