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“God is Cat and Cat is Good”

Cat Screen Prints! This edition of 4 separate color-ways marked one of the first complete editions ever produced in our career. Our obsession with cats has yet to wane in the years since this edition was completed, but we sure seem to print a lot less cat related art these days.

Fairly rough around the edges, this print was primarily an early experiment in working with ink mixing and registration techniques. Without many guidelines on the process, I found myself jumping right into the process to learn as I went. Currently, my technique is to build up layers for printing digitally, in order to easily prepare separations and also have a means of checking out alignment between layers before printing. But, at the time of this print’s creation, we were using enlargements from Kinko’s as our film positives. You just needed to apply vegetable oil to the bond paper to make a translucent medium. Of course, you couldn’t store any of your past “films” without having them go rancid. That was one way to ensure edition integrity!

Although our later work benefitted from additional practice and training, there’s still a soft spot in me for this early series. Maybe the naiveté is part of it? Or maybe it’s just a good gauge of how much ground has been covered in the proceeding years? It could be time for an update in this series of cat screen prints!

Each print was printed on heavy-weight Bristol paper with waterbased ink, and drew heavily on a series of illustrations from a medieval guide to alchemy. As per our original love of a good non sequitur, each color used across the 4 color-ways was picked to experiment with transparency, overprints, and interaction of complementary colors.

This edition of cat screen prints is sold out. Thanks!

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Why are those animals on a bike?!

With our screen printed art print series, we are trying to experiment with a combination of techniques. Amberlith or Rubylith is a form of masking film that is used to transfer a stencil to photo emulsion. It’s easy to use– the red hue of the material blocks the transmission of UV light to the emulsion, which causes the emulsion to wash out easily during development with water. At this point in time, it was my first time to work with any sort of masking film. In this particular print, I used amberlith to compose the large solids of the exclamation and question marks in these prints. Using a film, or even a solid piece of cut paper, in this way can eliminate the need for expensive toner when composing film positives for screen printing our art prints.

This series of animals on a bike came out of a desire on my part to get a little more intricate with my use of antique cuts in my art prints. And honestly, I had just adjusted to my new surroundings in Austin, Texas, and found studio space at Coronado Studio, so I really wanted to just make a print at that point.

Using a hand-cut, rubylith exclamation mark and question mark, I decided to create a split edition by printing half of the prints with cyan and the other with magenta. Eventually, I revisited the project with orange and green color ways.

This edition is sold out. Thanks!