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!