A few weeks go, I taught a “Part 2” of a two-week etching and book arts workshop at Singapore Tyler Print Institute, one of my favorite arts spaces in Singapore. The Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI) was established in 2002 under the guidance of the influential American master printer, Kenneth E. Tyler. STPI collaborates with outstanding emerging and recognized artists from around the world to push the technical and aesthetic frontiers of printmaking and paper making.
In Part 1, Senior Printer and Senior Education Officer Tamae Iwasaki introduced students to the fundamentals of etching, a method of making prints from a metal plate, usually copper, into which the design has been incised by acid. In Part 2, I guided participants in the production of one-of-a-kind art object, a collaboration between all—the print artist, the book artist (me)—that resulted in a book that exactly represented the content within.
It was a rather experimental collaboration, but I think it was quite a success; the final products were just gorgeous. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again soon!