Materials: Strathmore 400 series archival paper and Speedball Ink
Style: Black Ink on White Paper
Limited Edition- 40 hand prints made
Description -While visiting a local saw mill to look for scraps and unwanted cuts, we found this log on the bottom of the pile. The scalloped undulations in the profile of the tree looked like something that we wanted to print 2D. We selected a few sections and printed from the bookends to show how different one piece could be from the next even from the same tree a few inches apart. We intend to sell these as a pair to pay homage to the process.
Each tree ring print is prepared and printed by hand in a small limited edition based on the number of growth rings/years, in this case approx 40. The wood is prepared by first sanding, torching, dampening and repeating until the growth rings are raised enough to print. Tree growth rings are made of springwood and summerwood, hence the name. Springwood is softer than the summerwood, therefore when heated the differences in density creates ridges which are printable. Fun fact, the size gaps between the rings are also a direct correlation of how much rain was present that year.
We print each piece directly from the wood slab by hand, as you will sometimes see manual hand press marks on the back of the paper and some embossing.
Note: Each print is original and unique because of the subtle differences that hand printing creates.
Each print is signed by artist Ashley Brightwell, numbered, titled and include latitude/longitude coordinates of the tree’s origin.