15B web To the Father through the features of men’s faces.jpgNothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost 1874-1963

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
Altogether I have made about 200 prints for 3 poems by Frost, Hopkins and Yeats. The collection will be known as "The Soul, Unguarded Now." The prints come from a variety of etched plates and some woodcuts I made to use as emboss/frottage. (Not all the prints are shown in these pages.)
There are a variety of inking techniques in play. These include intaglio where the ink is pushed down into the etch; relief where the ink sits on the unetched surface of the plate; and viscosity inking where thinner and stiffer inks interact on the plate. 
The next stage is to choose the one print I want for each line, or two, or for an entire verse —to illustrate the accompanying video. About 30 prints will be used in the video. After that, all the prints that can be will be turned into artist books. 
I'm a student printmaker but a complete novice with book-binding. So I've enrolled in the Domestika course with tutor Susana Domínguez. Here's from the intro:
"An essential part of any collection of art is in its presentation, a craft that can enhance and even become a part of its narrative. Susana Domínguez, winner of the National Artistic Bookbinding Award in Spain (2017), is a specialist in this beautiful discipline and is the founder of Códex studio, a place of international reference in the artistic bookbinding field. Through her continuous investigation and experimentation with different materials and techniques, she creates innovative solutions that adapt to the needs of each art piece."
Each artist book book will be printed from handset letterpress type, so that's another stage of the project.

Experiment in type and page layout

01 | Three etches to this point - proofed with colour -rollup on Fabriano paper


02 | Same as 01 above - Strathmore grey mixed media paper

03 | Two more etches - colour roll up proof

04 | Same etch as 03 - Fabriano


05| Two more etches - colour roll up, Fabriano

Relief inked