On art: Artisan Fair
This was quite an event! We were invited to participate in Trinity Episcopal's annual Artisan Fair, held the second week in November 2023. Of course it's wise to take advantage of these opportunities when they arise, though the work involved is definitely "non-trivial".
On display were old and new prints including a number of "resin prints" produced in 2009-2010. These are images made by a unique process, one that AFAIK hasn't been used anywhere else. Basically, it's an offset method. A print is made on a special medium with a top layer of water-soluble gel. (Printing could be accomplished via pigment-based digital printer, screenprinting or be hand-drawn/monotype.)
Once the initial print is dry a measured amount of casting resin is poured on the print. When the resin is cured, it's separated from the substrate under a stream of water. Doing this carefully leaves all of the pigment in the image embedded in the surface of the resin.
The resin print can be further manipulated by coating the back of the piece such that it's subtly reflective. Also prior to coating the resin can be carved to create texture that enhances the 3D effect inherent in the piece due to depth of the casting. These treatments are especially effective in larger pieces.
During the development phases of the technique, a number of test prints were left in their "natural", translucent state. Quite nice suspended in a window, sort of like the proverbial "poor man's stained glass". Indeed, we've had a large unmodified resin print in a window for several years. For the Fair smaller versions were on display (on the left side in the photo).
The collection of resin prints and small/medium screenprints on display received quite a bit of positive attention. Always a good thing when works of art are appreciated and enjoyed, after all that's what makes producing them a real labor of love.