My earliest memories of printmaking are probably similar to most peoples – potatoes and bubbles! Since then I have tried most forms of printing but it is only in the last 3 years that I have begun to use silkscreen as an integral process for my work. I did a short screen-printing workshop in Bath before I moved to Cornwall to start my MA.
I tried to find processes and effects in screen-printing which were analogous to the qualities of cheap, trashy movies, using very cheap paper such as sugar paper and newsprint which would bleed, wrinkle and tear. I also used low-res images for making the acetates and would intentionally misregister the layers. I began making screen-prints from original pencil drawings which naturally lose a lot of fine detail during the printing process. Being a complete amateur at this stage I was effectively trying to print badly whilst making a lot of unintentional mistakes at the same time!
|Metamorphosis. 2 colour screen print in an edition of 120.|
|Cock ‘n’ Bull yellow. 5 colour print, edition of 30.|
|The Golden Plaice. Original pencil drawings.|
|The Golden Plaice. Red layer.I digitally split each drawing into 3 colour layers (red, blue and black), deleting some parts and filling other areas with black or a halftone pattern.|
|The Golden Plaice. Page 0. Silkscreen print. 3 colours, not editioned.|
|Birds. 3 colour silkscreen print, edition of 7. This print was an experiment in using layering halftones to create new colours.|
|The Golden Plaice. 3 colour silkscreen print. Set of four prints.|
|The Golden Plaice. How I used the screen print in the book.|
I am showing the first edition at The Print Shop, with the fifth edition currently being shown in Sheffield as part of the international book prize exhibition.
|Forum 2013. Collaboration with Alys Jones. 3 colour silkscreen print, edition of 60.|
|Forum 2013 no.2 . Collaboration with Alys Jones. 3 colour silkscreen print, edition of 60. The red layer is blurry because the exposure unit had a dodgy vacuum.|
|Printing new prints for The Print Shop|
John Kilburn has created some new prints shown for the first time in The Print Shop. The first features images intended for a new book I am making Hummingbirds – a tragic love affair between a pyromaniac temptress and a romantic madman inspired by a series of terrible analogies.
The next print is based on some paintings of crabs that he made for his last exhibition. John has always been fascinated by sea life and happens to only live two minutes from the beach.
We're honoured to have John sell his work through our shop for the rest of this Volume (finishing on 3rd Nov). Don't miss out on seeing this bright new talent and looking through the pop-up book he has supplied us with too.
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