Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paper Doll Press, Select Prints, Edition 1

Social media has revolutionized how we communicate, stay in touch and share information with others. I have grown to believe that using sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. has changed our psychology and has made us less likely to remember images, events, articles or conversations. It has made sharing information immediate and impermanent. Though the belief that publishing something on the internet is more permanent than the printed word, it has also become easy to forget. Sometimes within an hour's time, one forgets the images they saw an hour before.
Henry David Thoreau once said "Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years." One can say the internet has changed the pace of acquiring and distributing information more so than then invention of the printing press. There is a belief that print is dead, and many would agree that newspapers, magazines, books and printed media in general is suffering. However, there are people like me that appreciate paper and enjoy carrying books, sketchbooks, pens and pencils in their bags or in their pockets. I still make to-do lists and I enjoy crossing them out physically. I also really enjoy making art.
Whether it be printmaking, drawing, paintings or sculptures, I find it fulfilling to make something. Lately, I have been feeling that sharing what I am actively making with others online, generates a temporary interest qualified by "likes" or "hearts". I have become reluctant to show others images of works in progress, because of a fear that one will lose interest in the work before reaching completion. So I have been focusing on making work and I feel good about it. Once I have finished a solid group of art work, I hope to have a show and keep information and images current. Print, paper, text, images, art, ideas and everything under the creative umbrella is important to me. I have made at least 25 different print editions to date that have required countless hours of brainstorming, sketching, engraving, inking, wiping, tearing paper, measuring, running back and forth on each side of the press, editioning, signing, sharing... in addition to countless of hours of frustration from the printmaking process itself. I have uploaded images on every possible social media site and they have been well received but I am planning on taking a different approach to sharing the work.
I made a digital catalog of select drypoint prints using a new program called ISSUU. ISSUU allows one to self publish magazines, zines, and creative or informative journals. They also invite you to look at other users creations online and make the catalogs downloadable, hence printable. I enjoy making digital catalogs and I have many ideas for new publications. The next one will be a series of "sketchbook diaries". If you would like to participate and submit pages from your sketch book, email me @ stephaniexristing [@] I look forward to collaborating with other artists and making a lasting impression both online and in print.