Cyano Cat on Pattern
Graphics: Patterns and cats:
Updated 2021-07-03: Photos of series 2 included
Read on for description and process photos of the "negatives"...
Just like Patterns in Blue, for these two prints I used the exact same two components, but switched their order.
There are significant differences between the finished prints. Both prints were developed using sunlight and fixated in a water bath within a two-hour period.
Possible reasons for print differences could be:
- The timing of the sunlight exposure may have differed,
- The apperance of clouds may have chnaged sun intensity and/or UV levels
- The two papers may have had slightly different coverage of the photoreceptive medium
- The drying time of the two papers before sunlight exposure may have been different
- Differences in washing may have left more colour on one than another
- One photo may have been taken at a later step of evelpment than another, or while one paper was more wet than another
Bottom Row vs Top Row
Note the significant differences between series 1 and series 2. These are due to a differences in sunlight intensity, paper coating efficiency, exposure time, rinsing, and handling of the process.
Making the print
One component is the cat image, and the other a background pattern. Before the printing both images were drawn by hand onto fully transparent plastic sheets ("overhead film"). So, the "negatives" were not made using semi-transparent tracing paper.
Below a photo of the "negatives" taken before print.
When printing the image the two rightmost templates/negatives were overlaid onto the photoreceptive paper, like this:
The only difference in print technique between the two topmost prints are that the order of the layers were reversed. For print 1 (the left print) the cat was the bottom layer, and for print 2 (the right) the pattern was at the bottom. This goes for both series 1 qnd series 2.
- The cat was traced after the woodcut Wood Cat (2014)
- The pattern was reconstucted by hand and visual inspection after a very small detail in a Persian miniature painting found in: S. C. Welch "Persische Buchmalerei", p 85.