Femke Hiemstra’s “Haniwa”
What do you get when you mix a skull, a spider, a snail, anthropomorphic teacups, a wooden man in a bowler, and a horse, six feet underground? Our newest print with the one and only Femke Hiemstra!
Femke, (who is right this second releasing her first [great!] book, “Rock Candy,”) furnished us with a wonderful graphite drawing as a starting point for the project. She also sent along some awesome pictures of the drawing in progress, from her first thumbnails:
…to further refinements:
…to finishing touches:
So drawing in hand, we went through a few rounds of intaglio plates and made a flurry of test prints until we had one that captured the darkest darks all the way to the wispy highlights. And then it was time to ink, buff, and edition the plate.
We settled on printing the image in a smoky sepia ink on a stack of handcrafted custom-made Twinrocker paper.
Meanwhile, Brad had the bright idea to emboss an illustrated title and perhaps other various accoutrements into the print, and after talking about it with Femke she produced this:
…which, punched into the paper, ends up looking something like this:
Really, a perfect touch.
So, a couple of mailings to and from the Netherlands to get everything signed and a funny-goggled quality control session later…
…and we had a finished edition. Get it now!
I just posted a few little skull monoprints up on my etsy. I make these little guys while teaching printing techniques to my students, in this case, it’s reductive inking and reworking the ghost.
Because I started out as a printmaker and sculptor, it took time to loose the idea that paper was a helpful carrier for prints or a filler for moulds. Gradually I found that the single sheet of paper, which had not dried yet, had all the possibilities I needed. A paper sheet is thin and strong and can be compared to the leaf on a tree or plant. Reinforced with very thin ribs of bamboo that look like the ribs of a leaf, the analogy between the sheet of paper and the plant form is emphasized even more.
Hand pulled screen print, with paper cut eyes. Made for the ‘Creature Collective’ exhibition.
Walking Rabbit by Supa Frank