I usually go to the factory for production day so I can sign off the colours and watch it all happening but with covid restrictions I signed them off by post this time.
This time Anstey kindly documented the process for me and sent me these photo's and videos.
This is the beast of a machine that prints my paper. The paper winds up and down and picking up colour on the print cylinders from big vats of ink
Here is my cylinder in action. The design has been carefully etched onto a metal cylinder. This print method is called gravure. It's good for creating lots of tonal variety which is what my designs have a lot of.
Follow the paper up and over and find the guy who watches the pattern goes by looking out for mistakes. Yes he actually sits there and watches thousands of metres of pattern go by. I wonder what his dreams are like!?
It all winds up on one huge roll of paper!
It will soon be packaged up into rolls and sent to my studio. Apart from the fact I have to carry hundreds of rolls up the stairs I am looking forward to its arrival!