RUST Remember that Grafikens Hus here in Sweden burned down earlier this year? BHP was busy showing Sweden to beloved friends from abroad, and we happened to pass Mariefred in the quest for Helene Billgren prints. Much to our surprise the burnt presses are still standing on location, while most of the rubble is cleared away. While they look “only” severly rusted on first glance, closer investigation shows that the metal is often warped due to the extreme heat the presses were exposed to. If you ever wondered how presses of all trades look like when scorched, look no further.
This is my little sparrow friend.
He comes to me every morning as I sit on the front steps having breakfast. He usually gets the crumbs.
This morning however I was eating yogurt, and this lilttle shit started one hell of a racket, whining for the lack of bread. IT WHINED AND BEGGED LIKE A DOG, until I caved in and went inside and brought him some seeds.
What the video is about, for the non-Swedish speakers: Grafikens Hus has invited a selection of illustrators / cartoon artists to their shop. Julia walks the crew through the shop, speaking about the differences of working in a 10m² studio or a large, well-lit printshop with all the patina that comes with it; the stimulation that comes from working in a slightly different medium, how she likes the solid black sitting on the paper in the silkscreens, and future plans for a children’s graphic novel.
The printmaking nerd inside of me (aka the whole me) would have loved to see more details of Julia working in the shop, are the silkscreens blown up from scanned drawings, printed on film or drawn directly on film? So many questions. Maybe I’ll email and ask. I’m into the print with the tree a lot!
BHP approves. It also triggers one of my biggest print shop pet peeves - whenever a film crew / photographer will visit a shop, the etching press gets a lot “background love”. Sexy heavy metal - the actual work is then done on a rather sterile silk screen setup. And who wants to film someone in front of that? So the etching press it is, the older and bigger the wheel the better. A Heidelberg will also do. Film crews all around the world can’t be wrong..
BTW: I’ve got my own personal favourite in the Swedish illustrator scene, would love to work with EllenEkman. If you’ve recently been to Sthlm and used public transportation you probably know her Lilla Berlin series. But not sillkscreen - hand coloured etchings, stone lithographies maybe? (I mean: check the similarities). Oh yeah. Funding, where artst[sic] thou?