Alex Orgren Andover, New Jersey USA
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Andover, New Jersey
Paper Dimension: 10”x7.5”
Image Dimension: 8 3/4” x 6 1/2”
Block: 4 shina blocks, 6-7 drops
Ink: Guerra pigment dispersions, Akua Kolor (black only)
I’ve always wanted to carve an alphabet, but my art director vetoed the first few designs, but finally approved this still life concept (once it was already done). Lacking a suitable piece of real type, I made this one from modeling clay, which probably qualifies as my first sculpture. Capturing Baskerville’s thin “thins” was risky, so I cut as close as I dared in carving and did lose part of a serif in the earliest proofs. I wonder if cherry would have been a better choice for the key block.
I didn’t struggle quite as much with moisture management as usual, but the black is still a challenge. It is either too wet or not wet enough. I wonder if real sumi would be better. I do find it frustrating to print in the dry of winter, when part of the block starts drying before I can finish inking it all.