06/19/14 By Heather Linder
"In a post-9/11 world, the desire to have something tactile that can be experienced personally is stronger than ever on both ends of the creation."
In the intro of Paper and Ink, author and designer John Foster writes that many industry observers declared print media dead. I know he's specifically talking about printed art, but I can relate on a whole other level. My degree is in print journalism, and I've worked for several different newspapers. Newspapers hold a special spot in my heart because I intimately know the blood, sweat, and tears that go into producing a printed product you are proud of.
While newspapers are still figuring out their place in the future of multimedia, printmaking is alive and well, thriving in the era of Etsy and Pinterest as coveted ways to create and display art.
In college, I loved learning about how the actual printing occurs. The combination of cyan, magenta, yellow and black can make all of those striking colors on the computer monitor? It still baffles me how ink can look so rudimentary and then, with some skill and vision, be transformed. This quote from Jesse LeDoux perfectly describes the process and the mindset behind printing:
Ink laying on ink laying on ink is a simple yet magical thing. I am still fascinated by it.
Paper and Ink is one of those books that will teach you something, sure. But additionally, it will sit on your coffee table or ottoman and serve as a something gorgeous for guests to flip through, something you pull out for inspiration, and probably a book you rip pages out of to frame.
Look at the beautiful city-themed posters. I always debate whether or not owning a Chicago poster while living in Chicago is too cliché, but either way, the simplicity of these screen prints makes them timeless and classy.
This book will add a cool and artistic look to any shelf or end table; reading it will make you want to buy a printing press and become a modern day Gutenberg. Don't say I didn't warn you.
What kinds of art would you like to commit to paper and ink?
Heather is a journalist and writer living in Chicago with her composer husband and art-loving puppy, Lancelot. She's on an endless quest for the city's best coffee and is endlessly inspired by Chicago's magnificent skyline. Heather is a bookworm, aspiring chef, and NPR fanatic. She's in the process of teaching her beagle to use a French press and overcoming her fear of DIY.
Go and do the things you can't. That is how you get to do them.
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