About a month ago I received an email from the woman who prints my altered photos on linen. She told me that at the end of the week the business she works for, Inkdrop Printing in Cary, North Carolina was closing that weekend.

I have been using them to print my altered photographs on linen for around the last ten years. Really shocking news since the entire basis for my current work relied on that process.

So, that leaves me with some real thinking to do. Thinking about – what part does the aspect of the photograph play? What about the linen fabric? How much do I want to depend on things out of my control? What elements of the resulting prints are important and which ones are not? Are there other ways to get to there…. ?The list is long.

There may not be one answer. But in the meantime I had the luck of being invited to a friend’s studio to do some experimenting. More on the technique at a later date- but the results are interesting and the forced change may shift my work in unforeseen ways.

Stay tuned.

In the meantime, here are a few studio shots

Linen printed using the ‘deconstructed screen printing’ method. IMG_2265.JPG

Here I am looking at arrangements of pieces to add on top of the printed ground