HOW TO; Carborundum – chine collé plus drypoint/engraving

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CARBORUNDUM – CHINE COLLÉ  and some drypoint My featured picture for this post shows “Nature´s Spirit”. It contains it all; carborundum, drypoint and chine collé. The print was done without any sketch, just starting out painting carborundum, following up with drypoint/engraving. It was a journey of the unexpected. And still, looking at it afterwards I recognize it all. I feel …

I love factories – and Awagami Factory is no exception.

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Days float like a river, sometimes calm and clear, and sometimes unpredictable. It is all about water. Pulp floating in water, linking together, making shiny, wet canvases to work in and on. Every day there is only one question, “what if I try….” No normal, daily life with all the disturbances. I enjoy the life in the factory, working side …

Questioning the pulp – reaching for the stars

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As I did not understand the dialogue between the employees, or being able to talk much with them, I was having a kind of inner dialogue with myself, about clouds on the sky, wondering how it would work out to actually catch one of them, or freeze the blue sky and keep it for rainy days. Takuma Abe is the …

INSTANT EVOLUTION

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I am deeply concerned about our future on earth. We distance us from nature, forgetting that we ARE nature, that we share a quarter of our genes with a grain of rice http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/07/125-explore/shared-genes. Will we be able to turn the negative cycle, or will Mother Earth continue her journey in space without the human race on board? This work is …

My curiosity is a hungry beast

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I do not play because I struggle, but I struggle because I play. When did playing become easy? I think the answer is long time after we left the playground, and are being tricked by our selective memory. Playing means solving serious issues. Playing is the best base for learning. To achieve new knowledge we have to exceed our comfort …

Printing carborundum with chine collé

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  Making the plate is half way. Then comes the printing. I can imagine the plate coming out in a certain way, but during the process the most important is to be open. Focusing on what is ahead,  trusting the eye. That is where it is possible to make art based on a plate. chine collé papers are being prepared …

Printmaking is ruling when it comes to the big questions. 

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What is causing this seemingly unstoppable need for expressing myself visually? Well, we build upon a long tradition leading us back to the first traces of human art, on stones, in caves, and sculpted materials of humans. These paintings connected people. People believed in the power of making signs, that it could influence their lives. Today we have the explanations …

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PLATE

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It was like hitting the wall. I was surfing safely on the wave, creating one print or more a day, sturdy and happy. And then I hit the wall. I was totally unprepared. I had become confident on “how to” in this series of monoprints, and suddenly I did not find the tone. I struggled with the composition, and the …

Ferdinand Thepress is up and running!

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In my last post my new press Ferdinand was ready for his life´s journey, from Barcelona to Bergen. He arrived in the beginning of July. It was like meeting up with an old friend, and we started our cooperation straight away, – but after the ceremony of course. It was a touching moment when we listened to the national anthem …