These pieces are the original master intaglio collagraph plates (collage on hardboard) used to hand pull the collagraph prints in the collagraph section of this site. When the final print was hand pulled from the plate (on an etching press) the ink was allowed to dry on the plate and a coat of varnish was applied to the surface. This protective coating effectively rendered the plate "unprintable" thus cancelling its use for further printing. This is a traditional method of insuring that the print remains truly "limited"

These plates then become a collectors item. They are ascetically pleasing to the eye, can be displayed in a traditional picture frame and one can clearly view all the work the artist put into the print first hand!

 

 

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