My 2012-13 intern, Madeline Cass, and her friend, Kit Landwehr, modeled for this print June 8, 2012. I have a deep love of stripes (just about any pattern, really) and Kit’s striped dress was a natural subject for me.
I carved 18 blocks for this print, designing the blocks exactly as if I’d intended to hand-carve. Then I generated the code to control my CNC router and carved the blocks on a half-sheet of half-inch birch plywood. Most of my blocks since 2004 have been machine-carved this way.
video illustrates printing of this edition – it’s a nice somewhat meditative activity, isn’t it?
Kento registration (notches to receive the paper carved into each block) makes it quick and easy to achieve the very precise registration required to reprduce tiny details of eye, hair, clothing, stripes, etc and the relatively small (hosoban) sheet size made it easy to print quickly. I carved and printed the entire stack of (36) sheets in long two days. To me, these prints are just gorgeous – among the most beautiful I’ve created. I LOVE the soft gray of the dry graphite pigment I used (plus some Guerra Paint and Pigment Channel Black pigment dispersion to make the darker values printed by blocks 9-17.
I selected the dozen best prints for this first edition, and the remaining 18 were signed and numbered ‘Baren edition’ and contributed to a print exchange.