These chases and registration devices were adapted from letterpress, wood engraving and woodcut procedures and generate unexpected imagery through offset printing. Devised for a Fine Art Practical PhD at the School of Art Aberystwth, they are shown with reusable engraved polymer blocks in place ready for printing onto lino or vinyl cuts. The latter provide imagery, while the engraved blocks determine tonality.
This series of vinyl cuts produced Alberslines Nine, a set of 9 variable prints. The methodology has precedence in historical solutions for simultaneous colour printing: the Mentz Psalter 1475, William Congreve’s compound plates 1820, and John Holt Ibbetson’s segmented wood engravings of 1819.
The Alberslines Nine prints were made by printing the engraved blocks in the chases together with the Alberslines vinyl cuts shown above. They exhibit reversed imagery and tonal inversions from offsetting the two different substrates. New work on paper has been generated using this technique, but experiments with moving the chases incrementally has also made Film frames.