Sunday, April 21, 2019

Printing compassion scrolls

©2019 Fiona Dempster - Inking up the wood type - the wood type is held in place on the bed of the steel proofing press using special plastic coated magnets
The weather over the weekend did not get any better; so time was given to printing scrolls for the two scroll based artists' books I'm making for the Compassion Artists' Book Exhibition.

Given I wanted thin but strong paper for the scrolls I decided I would print them on paper cut from discarded pianola rolls. It also puts well with the recycled found object nature of the cases for the scrolls.

©2019 Barry Smith - Cutting scrolls from discarded pianola rolls
 On Friday I managed to do most of the set up. Yesterday I managed to print three scrolls for each of the books - 2 will be artists proofs and one will be the scroll used in each of the books.

©2019 Fiona Dempster - Pulling the larger printed scroll from the proofing press
©2019 Fiona Dempster - Modified approach to printing on the Adana Press so that I could print the smaller scroll
©2019 Barry Smith  - Two of the smaller scrolls printed and attached to a steel post with magnets - they will take several days to dry particularly as the pianola roll paper has little absorbency
©2019 Barry Smith - Proofing and checking set out before printing on the pianola scroll paper
©2019 Barry Smith - Larger scroll attached to a steel post to dry - rainy outside
Today I used the set type from the smaller scroll to print book marks.

©2019 Barry Smith - More proofing and layout checks - this time for the bookmarks
©2019 Barry Smith - Fifty bookmarks printed and set out to dry on the studio stairs 
©2019 Barry Smith - Strong quote by Tao Te Ching and great lead type - bookmarks are embossed with our Deckled Edge Press logo
©2019 Barry Smith - Another view of the bookmarks on the stairs
Two things about letterpress printing: there is quite a bit of time spent in the planning, choices and setup; and there is a lot of time spent on the clean up and putting type and printing equipment away.

I also spent time today collaborating with Fiona on another letterpress based book - but more on that another day.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Foiled by the weather

©2019 Barry Smith - The Heart That - 48 point Elongated Anglo Saxon lead type
We knew by the weather forecast that it was not going to be an outdoor working day - glad I put in the set of stairs down from the boardwalk to the back of the sculpture terraces yesterday. So I did plan to do art work - it is Friday.

My plan was to finish the last bit of drilling on the vertical scroll artists' book; and then finish grinding and polishing the brass bits of both the scroll books. It was not to be - after setting up the grinder and starting the process we had one huge downpour of rain and it now has been raining on and off all day. The rain was driving in under the covered area where I was working.  So the bits for polishing sit on the grinding bench until another fine day.

©2019 Barry Smith - Scroll cases to be plotted another day
Fiona was working away in the the Deckled Edge Press studio; so I decided to join her. S I chose my quotes for the two scrolls, chose my type and did the set up in preparation for printing them both on Saturday or Sunday.

A few photos of the process follow.  Choosing the quotes and then checking to see if one has enough of the chosen type to print the quote. In some of our type draws we have heaps of type but in the wood type draws and some of the very interesting lead type there is not always an abundance.

©2019 Barry Smith - Three quotes chosen - even the scrawled ink got wet walking from the house to the studio - checking the number of letters required to print the Kirstin Hannah quote - note that I needed 6 s - there are 6 but one is damaged - bit broken off the length so I will need to pack that out
©2019 Barry Smith - Wood type - a simple san serif - 72 point
©2019 Barry Smith - The Hannah quote roughly set in a galley tray - note one short s in compassion
©2019 Barry Smith - The Tao Te Ching quote set in a composing stick using 48 point Elongated Anglo Saxon - love this type.
Both the scrolls will be printed on one of our old galley presses - I will calling on Fiona for assistance there - much more experienced.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Shadows and edges

©2019 Barry Smith - Shadows below the hem of a steel skirt.
It is not the day for walking today as the weather does not know if it wants to be fine, wintery or rainy - in fact its a bit of all of those.

On Sunday Fiona and I did a quick trip to the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane to see the  the Asia Pacific Contemporary Triennial before it closes.  Fiona has done a couple of great blogs on our visit check out APT Part 1 for a start.

Given that it is Wednesday, and therefore iPhoneography da, I thought I might just share some images of the edges, shadows and the spaces between that caught my eye as we enjoyed the APT.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Edge of patched and layered fabric drape, shadows and lines in the concrete floor 
©2019 Barry Smith  - Edge of patched and layered fabric drape, shadows and the sp[ace between
©2019 Barry Smith  - Edge of patched and layered fabric drape, shadows like folds in the hills 
©2019 Barry Smith  - Edge of patched and layered fabric drape sharp shadows and strongly define space between
©2019 Barry Smith  - Soft shadow lines
©2019 Barry Smith  - Soft shadow lines
©2019 Barry Smith - Shadows below the hem of a steel skirt.
©2019 Barry Smith - Shadows of a headdress
©2019 Barry Smith - Black dyed woven bag and shadows

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Scroll artists' book

©2019 Barry Smith - Mock-up of the vertical scroll artists' book
I have made reasonable inroads into another artists' book for the Compassion Artists' Book Exhibition. The structure of this book is a vertical pull-out scroll as you can see from the photo above.

The core element of this book was a small brass pump about 17cm long and 5cm in diameter. In have made a couple of horizontally held scroll books in the past - so I wanted to add a new design element; and after talking to Fiona I decided on a vertically held scroll.

Of course one needs to fossic around in the stash and see what will complement that core element and enable one to hold the brass cylinder in a stable vertical position - see pieces below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Chosen bits including a brass door hinge decoration
I cut the vertical aperture in the brass pump-cylinder using a side grinder - gentle work.

©2019 Barry Smith - Drilled holes to act as stops for the cutting process
A brass rod fits through a hole in the screws plug at the top and is housed in a drilled out hole in the base. A butterfly screw and a silver-plated object act as the winder for the rod. The scrolls is to be fitted to the rod and drawn out and held horizontally by another rod. I got the scroll into the brass cylinder by tightly rolling it around the brass rod and inserting it into the base through the hole at the top with the screw plug off.

The photos below show the scroll before rolling and inserting through the plug hole at the top; and the roughly completed book.

©2019 Barry Smith- The scroll is strong paper from a pianola scroll.
©2019 Barry Smith - Scroll roughly attached to the brass standing rod
©2019 Barry Smith - Scroll pulled out to the first holding point
©2019 Barry Smith - Scroll pulled out to the second holding point - the printed surface area of the scroll on display will be about 22cm long and 11cm wide
©2019 Barry Smith - Looking down over the book.
Obviously the scroll needs to be printed; and the whole piece needs to be finessed - but I'm happy with the concept.

Friday, April 12, 2019

More than meets the eye

©2019 Barry Smith - Riveted ends of buffalo black horn earrings
I have put the title - more than meets the eye - to this blog post simply because the process of making buffalo horn earrings from a rough bit of buffalo horn involves quite a few steps. And of course there is the added complication of me deciding to make ten pair.

I actually started the work yesterday as it was raining and I couldn't work in the yard. Whereas this morning was relatively fine so I was able to install a set of stairs down towards one of the terraces; and finish the earrings this afternoon.

 A couple of photos of the horning cutting and grinding follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Sawing the horn in slices
©2019 Barry Smith - Rough cut bits
©2019 Barry Smith - Grinding on the belt sand - tricky - need to watch one's finger tips
Drilling, polishing  and assembling

©2019 Barry Smith - Sets before the drilling 
©2019 Barry Smith - Some drilled bits and one twig like set finished.
And then some photos of the finished earrings.

©2019 Barry Smith - Ten pair of buffalo black horn earrings with solid silver earwires
©2019 Barry Smith - Rectangles on the original rough horn - bit of a contrast.
©2019 Barry Smith - Longish blocky pair
©2019 Barry Smith - Trio of more organic-twiggy earrings
©2019 Barry Smith - Small pairs - about 3cm long drops
©2019 Barry Smith - Variety of length and colour
Time to put a risotto on and have a relaxing evening.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Autumn still offers some colour

©2019 Barry Smith - Hints of pink - Camellia 
It was not raining this morning so that provided the opportunity to take a walk along Treehaven Way.

A few of the images from this morning - above and below.

©2019 Barry Smith - Intense purple centre
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©2019 Barry Smith
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©2019 Barry Smith - Unfurling
©2019 Barry Smith - Banksia catching the sun
©2019 Barry Smith- Grevillea 
The autumn coolness is starting to suggest that winter is approaching; but some of the flowers a saying look at me. Some white blossoms have a more subtle call.

©2019 Barry Smith - White Bougainvillea
©2019 Barry Smith - Paper-like