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Brief reflections

October 6, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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Wow. Where does the time go? The new term started and i remember how it was to be embarking. I don't think i have arrived even though the access for me is over. I started one journey but it took me on so many more - i am still questing, exploring. I have just finished four days at the Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair. I have a new studio in the Shed Gateshead. Since doing AA2A it has been the primer for many things.

Photographs, Documentation

March 24, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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Yesterday I went to the photography dept. at the main campus - Brampton Road. I got all the stuff i have produced - or selected bits - photographed. It is so good to have a professional photographer in a studio document your work. Good documentation is invaluable. You need it for alsorts of stuff. I get the disc in a couple of weeks. Can't wait. Then i hear tell of an exhibition. Great too.  It's not until i get the opportunity, or make the time cos i have to, to look at the work. The process of reflecting and editing, that's really valuable - the way you look at your own work. And then i realised how much stuff i have actually made. How i have experimented. And how grateful in the light of this that i have an extension. Over the easter hols i can reflect some more and see how i want to take this forward.

Validation

March 4, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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Sometimes you make work and you are pleased with it. That's it. Sometimes you make work and others like it. That's great. Sometimes, I think, we need that validation. Well this piece has been validated. And had i not been on the AA2A I may never have made it due to the lack of opportunity. This piece is currently, as i write, in the Houses of Parliament, in an exhibition to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act. After this it will be taken into the government collection.

A bit more meat

March 4, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

I was really impressed with this font. I know i have done a few prints on a theme but the font had been lying unloved and untouched just gathering dust.

No Meat on the Bones

March 4, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

I am constantly frustrated by incomplete fonts. In this case no upper case W. I like this embossing due to the total lack of meat.

Meat on the Bones

March 4, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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I guess that's what this whole experience is about - putting meat on the bones. And i have. Not as much as i would have liked, but i have. I came across this unusual font - chisel - and i rather like it.

Registration

March 4, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

I had been doing fine with the 1 colour screen printing process. I was confident enough to try more than one colour. I had been watching Lydia work very effectively on the screens in multi colours. It was inspiring. Like a one woman production line. No time to talk - screens to do - the ink dries - etc. Good on her for not being distracted and for being sooooo focussed. I could do well for a bit of focussing. 

Printing always takes longer than you think. Oh this'll just be a few minutes, i'll just knock this out...wrong. There's always drying, taping, filing, mixing, developing etc to do and each step takes its' own time. That's partly the charm of printing for me. I like that it's so hands on. So antiquated. it's the perfect antithesis for the digital age. Don't get me wrong i love my digital manipulations - but that's for it's own time and place.

Things i know i have to do are work faster before the ink thinks about drying. Get organised. And if i am screen printing then screen print and don't wander off to the letterpress.  One thing at a time. Enjoy and be IN the process. 

So i did all the registration stuff but what i didn't think about was i make all my paper random sizes so the registration doesn't really work, especially when i move the screens to and alter their positions for each separation. Doh!!!

Overall though, i am happy with the progress i made moving into multi colours. But it's still early early days

Feel

February 3, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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So i like words. I pick up phrases. I'm also pretty obsessed by relationships. How they start, are conducted, how they finish. I remember this phrase but I'm not sure any one uses it - but it is still a cliche.

Evolution

February 3, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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When I took this on I was firm in my mind that it was letterpress and text all the way. However, the more time i spend in the print room the more my head heads turned by other processes and presses. I still return to the letterpress as is seen in this...

This is not to shock but it is a play on words and i like the 'Nothing' versus 'All' conflict.

 

I have tried my hand with the embossing, both with the letterpress and the embossing press. I think braille, and the sign language alphabet are going to require further research.

 

This image doesn't really do it justice, or maybe i'm biased. Then finally there is the screenprint and i can see how i have improved.

 

I can see here how i smudged, how it bled. I have improved my ability to tape up the screens. And i have become more consistant at my pulling the ink over the screen. But i still have a very long way to go to become a good printer.

A Little More Slippage

February 3, 2010 by Aidan Moesby   Comments (0)

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The end of last year was pretty much lost for one reason or another. You take on something like AA2A with all the best intentions, and then...reality. Basically that meant not being able to get to Carlisle - well it is 90 minutes away by car. Then in the new year i was snowed in and...ra de ra de rah.. as they say in New Zealand. So by the time i got back to Carlisle January was in full swing and February was looming large. Since then however things have been going better. I wonder for how many other people life and stuff gets in the way. Not just for AA2A but on other projects. With only a couple more months to go i am going to have to fit work in - paid work - that puts food on the table and Snow Tyres on the car - and still do justice to the print room.