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Archive for October, 2007

What’s Going Brown?

Monday, October 29th, 2007

What’s Going Brown?

I wish I could think of something intelligent to write on my pictures.

Yes, i’ve been making a new homepage. The top is the same, but if you scroll down you’ll see I’ve had a tidy up. My site has become a bit messy over the last year with lots of pages left over from older versions of this site. The new home pages marks the start of a concerted effort to unify and condense the different parts of this domain.

The picture above is nothing really, I just liked the retro brown vibe going on.

Root2Art Retro T-shirt

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Root2Art Retro T-shirt

Im not sure how retro my designs really are, but they might appeal to someone looking for retro-esk garments.

Zen Flower Root2Art T-Shirt

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Empty Flowers In Space T-Shirt

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I guess designing t-shirts appeals to me as it is such a pure medium. From my point of view, as a vehicle for carrying artwork, the tee is like a pure white blank canvas: its hard to imagine how it could be made less fussy or more efficient at what it does. I wonder if the t-shirt will still be around in 100, 500, 1000 years. The blank canvas probably will be. Maybe more of us will be wearing unique designs in the future, and the boundaries between art, design and the clothing will become less clear.

The other reason I’m becoming increasingly keen to design some good shirts is that it is a way for just about anyone who likes my work to own and enjoy it on a personal level. I’d get more of a kick from going to a big city and seeing a stranger wearing one of my t-shirts than going into a big commercial gallery and seeing my art on the wall. Its still a very, very slim percentage of individuals who every set foot in a commercial gallery. Nearly all of us however enjoy wearing a t-shirts on a regular basis regardless of our demographic. In a sense it is one of societies levelers: the fact that we can all gain access to unique and inspiring t-shirts and make a statement with design.

New Retro T-shirts Designs On The Way

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Retro Circle Design T-Shirt

I’m finally getting round to ditching my Cafepress store and getting some new shirt designs made here in the UK with a quality screen printer. My new retro shirts will be for sale in my new print shop within a couple of weeks.

New Face Mounted Print Shop

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Color Field Contemporary Face Mount Print

I’ve been quiet on my blog these past few weeks because I’ve been busy building a new print shop. All being well it will be live within a week or two. In an attempt to offer a range of one off and limited edition ‘lounge friendly’ works (as apposed works suitable for gallery settings) I’ve also started designing some ‘color field’ formats for my work. These graduated color foils combined with the face mounted medium produces a deep, dynamic and sensual effect. The Dutch print and face mounting company I will be using is PlexiPhoto.com

Here is what they say about the visual quality of their face mount technique:-

‘By directly gluing the front side of the photograph to the back of a sheet of Plexiglas, any light reflections between the photograph and the glazing of an ordinary frame is eliminated, thus increasing image sharpness, contrast, and colour saturation.

When light penetrates the layer of acrylic glass, the light reflection on the prints surface is completely different from the effect when a print is framed with a passe-partout and ordinary glass. With this unique production method the diffusion of light diminishes because of the homogeneous quality of acrylic glass. As a result the colours seem sharper, more brilliant, more intense and more immediate.’

The image above, (if its not obvious), is computer generated. I’ll be placing some orders of my own home soon which will give me the opportunity to get some real photos of the artworks in settings.

This method of presenting, enhancing and protecting prints is also know as Diasec.

Prints from PlexiPhoto also come complete with back mounting that holds the print off the wall and hangers.

Aluminum Frame Support and Hanger