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This two-color, tile-able fine art print was letterpressed in halftones, a useful technique for creating the illusion of dimension. 



Sean Newport & The Aesthetic Union

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5.5 × 5.5  in.

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French Paper Company / Speckletone / Starch White / 140 DDT

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ON&ON - Sean Newport
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Project Description

ON&ON is a letterpress print collaboration featuring six bay area artists and designers printed in house by us at The Aesthetic Union. Each of the artists were asked to create a unique piece to be duplicated and tiled together creating an ongoing motif to be carried throughout multiples. The work cohesively explores themes of pattern, repetition, reflection, rotation—the list goes on & on.

For Sean Newport's submission we first took a high resolution photo of his sculptures. After that we ripped the CMYK channels down into halftone screens. Printing with silver for the cyan channel and fluorescent red ink for the magenta channel, registration and ink consistency has to be precise to create the illusion of a 3D object.

Production Lesson(s)

Letterpressing halftone images is a rarely used method these days but can turn out amazing. Photoshop and a rip program for film processing can be used to create great halftone patterns. Ink consistency, smooth paper stock, hard packing, and precise registration are all necessary on press to make this work. ”

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Jessica Mullen

Writer for UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

July 31, 2015


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