Sunday, November 4, 2012

Peeping Tom

This book was made for my Artists' Book Class. We had about three weeks to put it together from start of finish. It was letterpress printed using three polymer plates made according to the crease pattern based on Eric Gjerde's Origamic tessellation.

It is made to resemble an apartment building anywhere in the world where the viewer looks through tiny windows and into the lived of the various inhabitants of the apartments. The viewer can pop each of these squares or window into a 3-dimensional square.

Cutting the rubylith for the first plate to print the lightest run. What stays on the mylar, doesn't print.

Thats the Rubylith for the second run in the back

Cutting the rubylith for the third rand darkest run.

It peels off pretty easily

I cut an extra 0.5" margin on all four sides so account for any registration errors.

Plate 3 fresh out of the oven a.k.a platemaker!

A jig I used initially to help me register the proper placement of the print.
I eventually ended up cutting more paper of a different size to fix this issue.

Registering the first plate to the boxcar bases. The printed grid was a lifesaver!

Run 1

A maroon I mixed with with a lot of transparent white

Plate 2 on the press bed

Run 2

Plate 3 on the bed

Run 3

Many many registration problems!

But finally after torquing on the plate on the press bed (no easy task) it finally registered!

The colophon was printed on 10" by 10" sqaures


Cut-outs for windows

Cut-outs post pochoir!

Testing the cut-outs to make sure they print a clear image.

Testing for pochoir on unfolded prints v/s folded prints.

Folding the grid to prep the print for the tessellation. Each side has to be folded into 32-nds

Final pochoir

A set of 3 make one book

Folding the tessellation

One page folded and pochoir-ed!

Boxed in blue case paper. The title and the images in the book have been cut-out and then stencilled using guache

The book opens out into a 3-panel accordion

Each of the flat squares or windows can be popped up!

There are a total of 27 windows to peek through

Some scenarios seem vaguely familiar :)

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