Thursday, 6 April 2017

100 Ammonites Project - an introduction to the online exhibition

Ammonite no.1 and no.100   etching and etching and mixed media 6x8cm   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

This project started on a print making course at Arts University Bournemouth tutored by Jan Bullas where I made a tiny etching plate of an ammonite. I hadn’t done any etching since my foundation course in Art & Design at Falmouth College of Arts many, many years before but had been hankering for a long time to return to experimenting with printmaking. During the course, I tried different printmaking methods including monoprints, lino cuts, collagraphs, drypoint and etching. It was etching and drypoint that really got me hooked.

From March to November 2016 I experimented printing an edition of 100 prints from this small plate. As time went by I could see more and more possibilities to explore. I did set myself a few rules and boundaries to work within;

  • All prints have been made on the same size paper 6x8inch Snowdon printing paper 140lb
  • All prints have been made using water-soluble printing ink
  • When using mixed media and chine collé I allowed myself to work outside of the confines of the plate and into the paper borders.

Prints No.1 to 50 are straight etching prints, what you see is the result of the ink being passed through the press with no further additions made. After the first 50 I started to use chine collé and from print No. 63 both chine collé and/or mixed media was used for further experiment in variation.

Ammonite no.32 with the zinc etching plate on the right   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

Whilst 100 variations did at first feel like a huge undertaking I was soon caught up in the excitement of the project and felt the pressure of time running out by the time that I was getting to the last 30 or so.

Ammonite   photograph   ©2016Lisa Le Quelenec

As I worked I was thinking about the parallels of fossil hunting, choosing a rock, splitting it open to reveal the fossil, not knowing for sure what would be revealed - the excitement and anticipation at finding a perfect specimen. All similarities with each stage of making a print. Experience makes the result more predictable but there will always be an element of surprise when the paper is pulled back to reveal the image. I think this is why I have fallen in love with printmaking and there will be much more in my future.

To view the exhibition click on the tab at the top or click on the link

I hope that you enjoy visiting the 'exhibition' and looking at how the image evolved.

The prints are available at seasidestudiosuk on Etsy.

Cards, notebooks and accessories of selected prints are available at Redbubble here.

A catalogue for the exhibition of all 100 prints is available from blurb here;

 100 ammonites Etching and mixed media in a variable edition



Chris Lally said...

Your hard work has paid off, Lisa! What a fabulous collection!
It's amazing how much effort goes into making these incredible prints, but I can see why you are hooked. The "reveal" must be thrilling.
Congrats on completing this huge project. Wishing you every success!!

Susan said...

What an amazing body of work Lisa! I thoroughly enjoyed my viewing this afternoon and will be returning. Your exhibition truly evokes the essence of evolution. Congratulations!

RH Carpenter said...

What a beautiful body of work! The 100 prints really paid off in work, technique, thought, and change along the way :). Super!!!

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Chris, thank you so much. It has certainly been a big project and now it is done I am kind of missing it. I am looking forward to new imagery though....

Thank you Susan, I am glad that you have enjoyed your visit. I hope you are having fun with your new ammonite find. Watch out though they are addictive! ;o)

Hi Rhonda, thank you. Your words are much appreciated as is your 'favouriting' the pieces on Etsy which will help boost my chances of the work being seen on their search algorithms. Cheers!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Wow. The series is wonderful. I especially love the prints with the muted, mottled backgrounds. They add to the essence of the fossil.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane and many many fossils collected by the children when we lived in the UK.

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Jeanette, thank you. The chine collé prints were amongst my favourites too. Definately an aspect of this project that I want to take further. Best wishes.

Bruce Sherman said...

Good morning Lisa!... A marvellous collection of explorations and discoveries... which reveal themselves only through "You" and your curious and restless creartive spirit.

I particularly enjoyed how unobtrusively color entered the process and how it transformed the "steeliness" of your etching technique in combination with your usual blue preference when using color. How warmly... the new result shines in comparison to prints from the front wall of your 100!!!

Bravo! Enjoyed my visit! Happy print making... and many sales!

Warmest regards,

Lisa Le Quelenec said...

Hi Bruce, welcome back! I have missed you my lovely. Thank you so much for your input and insights on the 'steeliness' it has sparked off new connections and ideas for me for another project.. Best wishes.