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מאת איתי אלטשולר

PrintMaking is poetry , poetry is Miracle

The size of the print is the paper size

I love printmaking

I try to practice as many techniques as I can. I do Woodcut, Etching, Silkscreen and Monotype. I like Printmaking for some reasons:

First, it has a different rhythm than painting on canvas or on paper. Making prints takes time. It is slower, it needs technical planning, a lot of technical knowledge, and most important a lot of patience, which I lack. Nowadays slowing down is a must not just luxury.

Second, printmaking has a different way of thinking than direct painting or drawing. Thinking about shapes, color separation, reconstructing the image, sensitive attitude to the material you work with, and deep thinking and respect to the platform you print on, such as PAPER. To every student of mine I recommend to start learning painting with black and white woodcut which clarifies the understanding of shape without lines. Moreover, there is a mutual influence between My direct painting On canvas and On paper and my Printmaking which enrich both of them.

Third I like it because it is fun and artists can socialize and be more open and friendly when they are dealing with its technical aspects.

Editions and Monotypes

Usually I print small editions of my prints, some times, even, only one copy. Not because I want to make them more valuable, but because I lose interest in them. Lately I do larger editions and insert into them elements of monotypes which turn each of them to be unique.

Prints and Poetry

I like the relation between poetry and visual arts and I love to make prints for poems as you may see in my print section. I myself write poetry, of course, in my mother tongue, Hebrew, and I am working on two sets of prints in correspondence to my coming book. The first set is a group of 6 digital black and white prints which will be published as part of the book (offset printing) and a small limited edition on handmade papers (self made). The second set is a group of 6 etchings; combining visual interpretations (other than the digital prints )and poems. This edition will be limited as well, around 15 copies. Monotype touch would be part of those etchings.

I am open to projects which combine poetry and visual arts of any sort

if you are a poet in Hebrew or in English and you would like to try something, contact me.

if you are a visual artist or a performance artist and you also read Hebrew, and you would like to try something, please contact me .