Brooch Wood Printed Comet Hibiscus Orange
The Comet series is a range of wearable objects made from intaglio printed paper bonded to gatorboard, with a magnetic disc brooch backing that can be worn on most medium-weight clothing. Each piece is individually printed and assembled, and no two items are exactly alike.
Dimensions: 10cm x 9cm x 5mm approx
Materials: Heavy rag paper (250-300gsm), gatorboard, acrylic printing ink. Products are not water proof, but are still robust.
Pia Larsen is an artist who enjoys translating concepts through materials, imagery and objects. She has a particular passion for print media and colour, and interest in objects in flux that can activate space and be worn on the body. Each Comet wearable is a unique hand-crafted print-image-object inspired by nature and astronomy.
Pia creates the images for her Comet series using print media on on heavy rag paper. Techniques include relief prints from a lino-cut image, and printing on top of imagery/patterns/colours that were created using intaglio. Rag paper has been made so that it can be submerged in a water bath to absorb water and then blotted to remove excess water. Intaglio prints have to be printed on soaked and blotted paper to enable the paper to absorb the ink sitting below the surface. The paper picks up the ink from the plate or block as it is rolled through a printing press under blankets.
Pia then cuts the shaped edge of the flattened and dried print with scissors, before tracing the outline of the Comet shape onto a piece of gatorboard and cutting the gatorboard using a jewellers saw. The gatorboard is then sanded and painted with acrylic paint.