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Editioning by paper-works*

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Paper-works* editioning work for Tessa Newcomb

Tessa Newcomb came to us wanting to produce an edition of a set of prints. She had in the past executed traditional acid etched prints with the assistance of a print studio but now wanted to revisit producing prints using new techniques. ¬†After a day in the studio on one of our “Introduction to Drypoint” courses, she decided on using drypoint card as her preferred media and went away clutching a stack of materials.

The following week, Tessa returned on one of our members days, with twenty or so card drypoint plates. A busy morning ensued assisted by us to produce proofs of all of the prints.

We set out all the proofs in the studio. Working together with Tessa, we discussed the options for whitling the wide selection of images down to a set for editioning. Being executed on drypoint card there was a concern that any edition should be reasonably short to avoid deterioration of the plate. It was decided to go with limiting each edition to twenty. After much discussion four prints were selected as the basis of the editions.

The chosen images required some care with wiping during the inking up process as residual tone on the plate was a desired feature for parts of the image. To help keep the prints clean we decided that editioning would be a two person task. One person inking up and wiping and the other staying ink free and registering and passing the prints though the press. We estimated that we might achieve an average print rate over a day of about 6 an hour. In the end with cups of tea and biscuits! ) we achieved the full edition of 80 in about two and a half days

The prints are now all completed, signed and editioned ready to put up for sale on the website and distributed to gallerys

If you are interested in paper-works* assisting you in editioning a print please get in touch via our contact page.

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