The Friday Archives – inky houses

Back to 1995 – and back to my printmaking sketchbook from that year again for this week’s Friday Archives.

I was obsessed with houses in 1995 – it was the year I moved out of home and my friends and I trawled through open inspection after open inspection looking for the perfect, affordable rental home. We saw some incredible places, places you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy – but we ended up moving into quite a nice  place – an old 1800s double story shop on a bustling main road. It had just previously been a “massage parlour” called Golden 111 so we had some interesting gentlemen attempting to get in the front door in the first couple of months.

So my printing making folio that year was full of Melbourne’s inner city architecture; terrace houses and quaint boom-time worker’s cottages. These images were carved from lino and then printed with artist’s pigmented inks which ran and blurred in a way I really liked. It was different from printing with the sticky printer’s ink and gave me a way to print at home and also get unexpected and sometimes beautifully spontaneous images. I love the colours in this image. Reminds me of patchwork.

Are you playing along this week? (It’s as simple as posting some of your past work – be it art, craft, writing, photography or anything really – to your blog). If so please leave me a comment!