Tom Walker has been a professional designer for over 25 years. He has also taught at the university level for a decade. Printing has alway been a part of that professional practice and teaching. Walker is now doing more personal artistic and job printing after assembling a modest personal collection of type and a few presses over the last several years.
Other recent print work and workshops have explored themes of ornament and pattern. Through a life in design I've also been intrigued by the technical aspects of printing, the engraved image, stamps and currency. I am particularly fond of the extraordinary security printing on paper currencies and have been thinking about project work involving ctitious security printing I can create using elements I already have in the studio.
Description of Process
For this particular print I'd been eyeballing a dirty, beat up assortment of expendable braces in di erent lengths (and thicknesses), some brass, some type metal, from 3 picas to 24 picas. I wasn't sure if they'd print or if I should just scrap them. A very stout impression indeed was needed. Fields or columns of braces were arranged as groups or a single column on press and hand rolled with di erent color blends. After the rst printing a proof was cut out as a template or guide
for the next group(s) of braces to be set and spaced. Through proo ng braces were adjusted as desired. Sheet was gripped from both ends to minimize tail wagging.