In honor of Beethoven’s birthday, enjoy this poster created by graphic designer Alfred Roller at the turn of the century. Roller was a member of the Vienna Secession, a group of young architects, designers and artists (including Gustav Klimt) committed to the unification of art forms.
[Alfred Roller. Secession XIV, Beethoven (Poster for the 14th Secession exhibition, Vienna). 1902. The Museum of Modern Art, New York]
The “games” include a protracted conditioning procedure for a really expensive leather-covered rolling pin which will be used to apply burnt cow bones and linseed oil to a dampened slab of limestone hewn from a Bavarian quarry which has been treated with the sap of an African tree to preserve and reproduce a drawing of a line from a Wutang song. (Or something like that…)
Well, it’s your lucky day. I took this video of fabric being screen printed at a mill I visited last week. It reminds me of one of those clips they play on PBS about how things are made.
It’s such a cool (**and fast) process to see in person. The fabric starts out white and each screen adds a different color/part of the pattern. At the end you can see the finished multi-colored product.
**And by fast I mean this portion of the process is fast. The fabric first has to be “singed” to get off all impurities. Then it’s bleached, washed and stretched before printing. Now you know why the nice stuff is so expensive!