This week saw ruthless clearing out. Piles of prints were assessed, and any found wanting were ripped up and put into the recycling bin. Then there was a much smaller pile left, of prints that I like and could one day be framed (very few), of prints that I can use to draw into, and ones that can be made into three-dimensional objects. These were the ones I turned to.
There were three prints I liked, that I had printed in the same session so they had a connection to one another. They are monotypes, one-off prints. These ones are made from layers of ink rolled up on an acetate sheet, then items placed to mask off areas or add marks and textures. I generally put them through the press several times, adding more each time. The main feature on these was strips of raffia, twisted randomly. Each time they went through the press they picked up ink which was then transferred to the plate, and thus to the paper, next time they were used. All these sheets were printed on both sides, ending up with a mostly green image on one side and mostly red on the other.
Deciding how to use these prints was the next question. The first thing I did was start folding, turning one side to the other, folding edges up. Nothing was quite working, so it was set aside for more thinking time. Eventually, I decided to cut the top and bottom off the print, divide these into strips, and started with threading one strip through slots cut in the middle of the main piece which was now folded into a 4 leaf concertina. The strip was flipped over to reveal the opposite side. From there, I decided to add more strips, then do the same to the second print, using the same measurements. Once that was done, they naturally fitted together, with the end panel of one fitting under the protruding flaps of the inserted strips on the other.
I made a third concertina using the same method, but it doesn’t fit with the other two, the colours are different enough that it jars with them, but it can stand alone as part of the family. Also, I am planning to enter this into a print awards show which is accepting 3D works and due to the size restrictions only the two together will fit, adding the third would exceed the length allowed.
Below are some detail images of the double concertina, followed by images of the third one, including the early stages of development. Now to find a title – any suggestions welcome!