toMAKE™ Press & the Practice of Right MAP Making
toMAKE™ Press is named from the verb “to make”; to make bread, to make poems, dance & music, to make love. The philosophy, in short, is to stop, to observe & experience, and to respond & share… striving to follow the precepts outlined in the broadside Right MAP Making.
Stopping to Observe and Experience the Place itSELF
Observation, Counting, Measuring, Listening
Three Forks, Montana. Field research for the edition “Coming Together.”
vb ‘to mak’, making, to make :: to make bread, to make music, to make love.
Stone and Plate Lithography.
Relief, Letterpress, Intaglio, Collagraph and Chine-collé ….
The process begins; rises from that place seeking expression and voice, sharing. First a sketch and ….
I use both wet and dry drawing mediums on the matrix.Lithography is a planographic printing method, not incision is made in the limestone. The process can be described as developing ink-loving and water-loving areas on the stone.
Dry drawing materials; crayons of varying hardness.
Wet drawing materials; tusche of varying strengths.
Relief printing involves cutting away the unwanted image areas. I also use chine-collé, blind embossing, varnish and flocking on my editions.
Notes, Ink Selection, Care and Drying
Ink is carefully made from pigments and oil, mixed and tested. Prints are carefully dried between printing runs, sometimes as many as 8 or 10. Notes are kept for each run regarding paper, ink mix, matrix, drawing medium, matrix.