Printmaking Adventures in the Hyperbolic Plane
As part of crochet studies, I use printmaking as a way to learn about my crochet work. Throughout my life, learning has been a challenge because I learn kinesthetically. I have to touch, feel, sense, and manipulate material physically before I can understand it. So instead of taking a 3D scan of my crochet pieces, I place the textile on a piece of plexiglass that's been covered with ink and pull it through a printing press. The first print I get is an impression of the bottom layer of the textile. I remove the textile from the plexiglass sheet and pull the plate again, and I get a very photographic rendering of the textile. This photographic print correlates to a mid-layer of the textile. If I can, I will pull the plexiglass sheet a third time through the press, and a ghost or the uppermost layer of the textile will be revealed. Drying is a crucial part of this process, as the bulk of the details on each print become visible as the ink and the damp paper are allowed to fully dry.
Taking the printmaking analysis a step further, I realized through screenprinting, if I made a Mylar drawing and overlaid the actual textile onto the screen as I exposed it, I could get several different overlaps of where I could possibly use points to connect and create more complex geometries. I then started using this process as a way to inform the crochet.