Colin has been experimenting with low-tech printing ideas for some time. From silk-screen, woodblock, linocut and the latest ones using hand-cut stencils. The first zigzag pattern originated as a linocut, which he was unable to cut accurately due to his painful broken shoulder. So he recreated the pattern and its variations in Adobe Illustrator. It was then possible to print these onto card, which could be cut out to use as a series of templates. Even cutting these out with a scalpel turned out to be far too painful, so he progressed to using a Cricut cutting machine to carve out the new templates from acetate sheets.
Each of the layers of pattern is built up from hand-rolling each colour through a template. Although he planned how the final one would look, he found it was much more rewarding to create new ideas as he went along. Colin used the basic patterns printed on tracing paper to work out where to put each new layer so that it would give an appealing dynamic combination of shapes and colours.
Now with numerous variations, Colin thinks they could be framed and combined to give unique wall art perhaps for designers and architects or used in public places. Contact Colin to see additional designs and discuss ideas for your unique project.