Michael Hepher of Clawhammer Press is an interdisciplinary artist working in letterpress printmaking. His work is characterized by a unique sense of colour, oblique interpretation of the common, and a relentless pursuit of quality. A versatile artist with a broad knowledge of the creative process, and 14 years experience in letterpress printing. Michael continues to push the envelope of his work at his home studio in Fernie, BC.
Description of Process
This is a four-colour reduction print. I've loved split-fountains for years, but have found multi- layered reduction prints often become very polarized by warm/cool colour spectrums. In this series of prints my goal was to reverse the direction of some very subtle split fountains using opaque white as a mixing base to put warm colours down over cool, and vice-versa. This creates a more visually balanced composition while preserving the richness of colour you can get from a split fountain. I feel this level of intricacy with the split fountain an area that hasn't been thoroughly explored in the letterpress world.