[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: simulate fluxus work?
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: simulate fluxus work?
- From: Darryl Baird <dbaird@FLINT.UMICH.EDU>
- Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 00:01:53 -0500
- Message-Id: <199906090354.UAA20242@palimpsest.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Dinah Ryan wrote:
> <snip of interesting problem introduction>
> I'm having two problems and hoping some of you can give me advice. First, I
> want a low-tech tone that mimics mimeograph or xerography or the typewriter,
> but those outdated things are either logistically impossible or expensive
> for a run of about 3500 pieces. How can I achieve this kind of appearance
> with camera-ready art for a conventional printer?
I just demonstrated a solvent transfer from a laser printer or copier originals
to different surfaces. The results varied, but I was struck by the inherent
beauty of "loss" through both the reproduction process (copier or scanner>laser
print) and the solvent transfers. We tested about three or four different
manufacturer's products. We had success with Canon B&W copiers and Hewlett
Packard laser printers.
> Second, I wanted to use office supply-like materials (I was originally
> thinking of a
> button-and-string envelope) but these, too, seem to be hard to find and/or
> expensive, or they can't be printed. Again, any suggestions?
I once designed an invitation to a luncheon on a plain brown paper bag, about
the appropriate size for a lunch. I got a letterpress operator to print
these...they were mailed out with a special RSVP card inserted, but that was
another problem. Maybe, somewhere near you is an older "low-tech" printer who
could handle the "look" you need without any special effort.
> Materials and visual tone seem essential and I'm having trouble getting the
> printers I've talked with to "get" the idea.
technology marches on, eh?
Assistant Professor of Art
Photography & Graphic Design
University of Michigan-Flint