Altered art book; page 9 Shifting sands

p-9

p-9

I picked out the words to some of these pages a long time ago.  There must have been a plan at that stage, but if there was, it is well forgotten.  So, confronted with the words ‘A kind of reminder’ my mind was once again a blank canvas.  I waited patiently whilst a herd of  Wildebeest’s stampeded through it, and waited for the dust to settle.  It didn’t take long.  The words ‘A kind of reminder’ put me in mind of a memento or an epitaph or a calendar: crossing the days off to mark the passage of time: ever changing seasons marked by nature.

digitalis antique seed packet

digitalis antique seed packet

I decided to give nature a helping hand by ‘planting’ these antique seed packets.  Well, photocopies of  images of antique seed packages.  I like the old charm of these, the design and the old colours.  Some of these flowers and vegetables have faded into the past: they are now extinct.  I printed these images onto fawn coloured paper to age them further.

p-9-detail

p-9-detail

The words ‘pushed into sand’ also suggests planting or embedding.  It made me think of shifting sand: how the winds of change can disrupt and change life as we know it.  Constantly destroying and recreating, but forever changing.

page9-detail b

page9-detail b

 

The interesting thing about the seed packet designs is that each design is made up of tiny coloured dots, stippled into polished Limestone with a German ink called Coal Tar.  The technique is called Stone lithography.  It was very painstaking work as every dot of colour is down with a needle pointed pen: each colour on a seperate stone, then silk screen printed.  This is how it was done before 1920 and the advent of the camera.

stone-lithography-in-action

stone-lithography-in-action

Media used; Pearlised ink, felt tips, flower dome stickers, photocopied images

http://www.seedart.com/

http://www.howstuffworks.com/stone-lithography.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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