"The Chapman Swifts" - Portland, Oregon original art, 20"x21" hand-pulled, photographic etching print. A pattern of Swifts flying at Chapman Elementary in Portland, Oregon. For the month of September, they do this amazing routine at dusk before going to for their evening rest in the school's chimney.
To make my photographic montage etchings, I start by taking photos of buildings and signs I want to use, then I compose my scenes on the computer creating a photomontage, fitting the most culturally significant objects together like a puzzle into a cohesive scene.
To make the etching plates, I use a polymer photogravure technique to translate the photographic elements into printed form and then combine several plates into a single scene. I ink the plates with Akua water-based ink, and print them on Rives BFK cotton-based paper. Each square in the artwork is a different plate. It all comes together when I run the final through on an etching press – pictured above.
Each print is numbered, hand signed, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Limited Edition of 50
# Plates: 4
Technique: Polymer Photogravure
Prints are shipped in a sturdy roll and shipping includes insurance.
Materials: photo polymer plates, camera, etching press, computer, water based ink, cotton based archival paper, solarplate.