Peter Dahmen

Peter Dahmen is a graphic designer from Germany and one of my favorite artists. These are some pop-up sculptures he created. Enjoy!

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Intaglio and relief printing

On our first day back at college after the trip to Aberystwyth we started to learn about relief and intaglio printing. The main difference between these two methods of printing is that with relief printing we need to make sure that ink sits on the surface of the plate we want to print. Whereas with intaglio printing the ink sits below the surface of the plate and the excess ink is wiped away before we print our design on the paper.

Printing methodsBefore we printed the plates that we previously created we had to damp the paper in the first place. Different types of paper require different amount of water but its important to remember that the aim of putting the paper into the water is not to wet it but to soften it.

Some photographs illustrating the process:

Soo..I guess I can’t make printing sound any more exciting than that, since we only just started, but I have to say that making prints can be enjoyable and also very satisfying when you see the effects of the effort you put in to make sure that the print is as neat as possible!

Anyway, shortly I will post the effects of the effort I’ve put in to create my own relief and intaglio prints so look forward to it!!

Minimalist Prints

The Magic Pebble

Something that I personally found the most exciting during our stay in Aberystwyth was that on the first day of our trip we went to see the sunset and at the same time we were asked to find magical pebbles on a beautiful pebbly beach. Once we all found our magical stones we were the asked to carefully examine them. Their texture, size, smell, colours…everything! We then took photographs of them..and of course did some drawings! The best part was that we could choose what magical powers our pebbles have. I thought it was really really great that no one thought this kind of activity is silly for people our age. It was list really so much fun!
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Field Trip to Aberystwyth in Wales

Aberystwyth is a small, beautiful town situated near the confluence of the rivers Ystwyth and Rheidol, on the west coast of Wales. I was lucky to be able to visit this wonderful place very recently as a field trip to Aberystwyth in Wales is a part of college induction for Foundation diploma in Art & Design students.

We spend wonderful time in there! And we all had a chance to get to know each other. We visited the biggest camera obscura,  placed our summer projects  – ships models in a Ceredigion Museum, and also looked at links between exhibits from two completely different exhibitions which i found really enjoyable!

Kinship – summer project

During summer holidays I found myself making a model of the ship that would reflect my personality and interests. It was a summer project for my Foundation Art & Design course that I started this September. Rather challenging task I would say! I mean..its really difficult (..at least for me) to actually explain what kind person I am. Even thought I know what I enjoy doing and what I am interested in..I found it hard to select the most relevant and important in my opinion parts of my personality and turn these into a ship. Anyway, here I am with my model of the ship thinking: Wow..is this really who I am?

or maybe… its just who I think I am? To be honest I’ have no idea but as I said before, it was a challenging task…and interesting..definitely interesting.

Soo..here are the photographs of the final model! Later I will also post the photographs I took while I was making it!  I decided to use photographs as a way to record the process of making because I think photographs make it easier to see each stage I went through when I was making the model and all difficulties I faced while I was making it. So, whoever you are, look forward to it!

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