Week Six crept in this week, which seemed appropriate if not in fact planned. Actually, so did last week as
I wanted to recreate the street stencil approach, but not actually do it. A less aggressive (or criminal) way of leaving a mark on the city. I thought about projecting the word (or words) on to buildings, although what I really would like is to project old images of locations on the current buildings.
I ultimately decided to screen print onto the pages of The Thomas Guide as a way of printing onto streets. Some I just printed on to one page, some pages I glued together to create a neighbourhood, and others I assembled into a new map and new city. Some I pages I pulled once, some four times. Some I made look vertical, like
I like that screen printing is quick to set up, isn’t messy and doesn’t kill your back and doesn’t splatter ink all over the bathroom.
I would like to revisit this. Ultimately, I would like to print on every page of the Thomas Guide and then leave them hidden in different neighbourhoods as little greetings to strangers; or akin to messages in a bottle and see where they end up. Or revisiting collagraphy and printing objects onto the pages of the location where I found them. However, I am not sure how I feel about the word ‘diamond’ I like the graphic, I like the idea of a hidden diamond, but the word itself already has too many other connotations and feels cliched.
There is also something quite aggressive about covering up existing information, perhaps masking information in a more controlled or considered way, leading to another form of messaging would create something a lot more interesting.
But – fun to screen print again. I’m going to be doing a lot more of that
Process write-up is here