Friday, August 27, 2010
Mono prints or mono types??
what is the difference, between a mono print and a mono type, a lot of people ask me....... and it is an interesting question, because there are so many individual interpretations of what constitutes a mark or not.... but:
A Monoprint: is printed from a plate or material that does have a reproducable mark on it... ie, if I for example use a PVC plate and have scratched something on to it, and then use that plate in a series of prints......
A Monotype: Where a plate or materials are used to produce a print, that can not be done in multiples...... a plate or material that does not have a reproducable mark on them.... ah yes, you see the problem, right apart from that terms like monotypes and monoprints, who does not only confuse actual printmakers, they confuse the public even more....
The prints I have done with natural leaves, for example, what are they? You can reproduce a leaf, I could ink it up again and again in the same color and have an edition, or I could do what I did, which was ink and turn over and print the back and tear them up and replace and all kinds of things, in a process that I could never do twice.... but the fact remains, I used the same leaf over and over again.... so I have chosen to use the word monoprints, as in one of each print..... I think the term print, here, is more than enough for the public to handle, most printmakers know well what I talk about when I say confusion, try explaining to a person who has no clue what printmaking is, the processes involved and their eyes glaze over, and no wonder.... when buying a car, am I interested in the salesman going through the engine with me?
It never ceases to amaze me that so many will just as happily buy an inkjet reproduction of an etching, as buy the etching itself...... it is a new era for reproducing prints, exciting and with some fantastic results out there... and the debate about what is reproduced and what is original will continue, of course....... me, I just like the idea that someones hands were involved, and no, it's not sufficient for me with those hands putting the inkjet paper in the printer :o) and that makes me sound like a person who does not like reproductions, which is not true, I have lots, but ...it does make me a person who thinks we should know the difference, and that it is up to us, printmakers, to state clearly and understandable what that difference is! When I made my collect original prints treasury on etsy, I was AMAZED, yes, and not in a good way, at the poor descriptions that came with a lot of those original prints...... as if it did not matter, that you, the artist, had made this, in the very sense of handmade... so, if you don't care... why should anyone else?