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Technical Methods Week 3

Plaster induction

Today I had my induction in the plaster room, I can now use this space. It was great to be taught how to mix plaster properly, understand the properties of the material and learn through touch rather then measuring.

I can see myself combining plaster and print in the future. I’d like to ink copper plates and print them in plaster to see what results I get.

Above image plaster tile made during induction

Alexia Tala was the first artist I saw combine plaster and printmaking plates, to create installation based art, she used wood cuts and plaster to create ‘First Memory’ 2008.

Above image Alexia Tala (First memory ) from Installations & Experimental printmaking by Alexia Tala

It was only whilst reading about her work I realised it had started as a wood cut. Seeing processes combined like this opens up lots of possibilities to combine plaster and some form of print matrix.

Plaster tiles

Today I wanted to make embossed plaster tile impressions of Margaret St, I started taking clay impressions of areas of the building I struggle with because of my vision and I’ve turned them into plaster tiles.

Above image clay and plaster impressions of buildings

Below image one I dropped

I accidentally dropped a clay impression on the stairs but I’ve decided to mould it anyway because I have accidents all the time and it seems appropriate.

The first two test pieces are to thick, I want future tiles to be finer and I also realised through trial and error that using a flat hard object on top of the clay will help create even pressure and give a more detailed impression when cast.

Working in the plaster room has given me a glimpse of the potential this material has, further reinforcing the need to create three dimensional work.

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