Late last year I decided to stop editioning my screenprints. My working methods have not changed – my prints are still printed by hand in small numbers. But I have decided to stop numbering them. This is for three main reasons:
— I am not great at counting. I often finish numbering a pile of prints only to find I have miscounted. I have several editions of ‘20’ that only comprise 18 or 19 prints.
— I like to experiment. I sometimes remix my inks or change my paper halfway through printing and end up with several different versions. This is problematic from an editioning point of view.
— Digital printing. The art world is awash with giclee prints and limited editions. Digital prints are brilliant (I sell some), but there is nothing remotely limited about them. For me, the language of editioning has become meaningless.
I appreciate that people like to know how many prints are out there, so I will continue to count prints as I make them. I just won’t number them formally.
Back to the print shop