My first week of residency behind me, I’m contemplating the space, the books, the projection of images...
There are many details and it’s not a good idea to keep details and lists only in one’s mind. Notes, many notes, are required when creating an on-going project or any edition. These instructions are important to keep around for future reference. Writing details, such as the type of paper, colours used in Photoshop, set-up of jigs, binding... because you will forget! I don’t care how young you are! I’m happy to create an edition at once, but when low on cash, printing when needed is the best way to go, and it creates less inventory.
After answering many emails and particulars for the show at Ming Studios, I took the time to finish another volume of City Shields—Illinois Vol US7 No2.
When I started the project, each volume contained 18 manhole covers. Since 2006, I print and die-cut the manhole covers myself. With thinner paper, I added three more manhole covers to a volume. More manhole covers the better? Right. Now, I print a volume when I receive an order. It has become more complicated to print odd numbers of manhole covers. I could print three sheets of 13 x 19 inches. Voilà, two volumes printed with no math or a headache. With 21 manhole covers, I always have an odd number to keep track of printing without waste. It becomes a guessing game on what manhole covers to print. Aye! The dilemma of an artist!
Needing a meditation moment, I cleaned my junk. Screw posts anyone?
The National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives and the Centre Canadien d'architecture have purchased these new volumes. The volumes are in the mail today.
A new week begins, must get ready for more conversations and planning. Check it out.