Variable Edition of 16
Birds on the Air
- 'Birds on the Air' is an original hand-made collagraph print.
The word ‘collagraph’ is taken from the word ‘collage’. Prints are produced from collaged plates with a highly textured surface, resulting in an embossed print.
Firstly, I create a printing plate using textured materials glued onto card. My collagraph plates are created using anything I can find to create texture, from rice and couscous to wallpapers, sand, string, leaves, glue and plaster.
When the plate is dry, I seal it then apply etching inks by hand. I place dampened paper onto the plate and run them through a printing press. My press is converted from an old clothes mangle.
The pressure applied by the press transfers the image and surface texture from the plate onto the paper, creating a textured print.
No two images are identical as I re-ink the plate by hand for each new edition of the print.