About our Limited Edition artist's Prints
An artist's, or 'original' print, is not a reproduction (unlike a digital or giclée print, for example). It is an artwork in it's own right, printed (or 'pulled') by hand.
We hand-pull all the prints ourselves. Each print is numbered by hand at the bottom of the image - this represents the total number of prints that will be made of the image ('the edition'). Because of the hand-made nature of the processes involved, each print in the edition will be unique but similar. Sometimes different colour-ways are explored within the edition.
An Artist's Proof, marked A/P rather than numbered, is a print taken to check the quality of the printing plate. The first proofs will be discarded, but the final few before the edition is started will be of similar quality as the final prints, and are sometimes sold alongside the numbered edition.
Here's a brief description of some of the processes involved in each printmaking method.
A multicoloured print is made with the use of a single block. Through a series of progressive cuttings, inkings, and printings, the image slowly emerges while the actual block is destroyed.
The image is incised onto a metal or plastic plate by drawing with a needle. The plate is then inked up, and rubbed back with a cloth to reveal the drawing. This image is then transfered onto damp paper in the press.
The original image is painted, transferred onto acetate, and photographically transferred onto the screen. The print is then created by squeezing ink through a fine mesh using a squeegee, except in areas made impenetrable by a blocking stencil. At the end of the print edition the screen is destroyed,