So recently on a rare trip to Wagga to visit Scott my printer, I made a bit of a rediscovery. Right there, under his print table all neatly folded, were the pieces of fabric that he uses during his print run to protect his tables. He tacks these bits of fabric at both ends of his table, re-using and overprinting from the same group for years.
He’d shown me other ones he’d used a few years back but most of those pieces had been in use for so long that you couldn’t tell what they were – they’d been overprinted into oblivion and turned almost black and heavy with the printing ink.
But these end pieces of fabric were different. Interesting compositions had emerged from the layered sections of my designs, They had just enough coverage but not too much. I’d come at the right time maybe.
It’s a kind of random procedure for Scott, but not entirely. For the sheer pleasure of the process, he considers which pieces he might use to tack at the ends of specific print runs. He likes to curate the happenstance of the layering – their colour and composition – in his own quiet and unassuming way, building up the image over years and years of production.
I was struck by just how special these particular multi-prints are. One of a kind. I persuaded Scott that they needed to be seen, to be shown, and written about so that he could start the process rolling on some new ones. Isn’t that always the skill with art, knowing when to finish?
He had about a dozen or so in the making and I have brought six of them back with me. The rest we agreed needed a bit more cooking. It’s a fine art knowing when a piece is done. A bit of objectivity is required and that’s where I came in – just at the right time.
Each Multi print tells a story about our production schedule over the past 5 years or so, and is a lovely result of the collaboration between myself and Scott. These unexpected artworks are the result of the skill of the maker and the process of making over time. A perfect example of Slow art.
Im selling these six pieces here online and once they are gone there is no repeating the same one.