I stopped formally editioning prints in 2016. My working methods have not changed — my screenprints are still pulled by hand in small numbers. But I have decided to stop numbering them for a couple of 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.
— Digital printing. Pretty much anything and everything is sold as limited edition these days — I’ve even seen someone selling limited edition pizzas. Digital prints are brilliant (I sell some), but there is nothing remotely limited about them. The whole language of editioning is meaningless.
I appreciate that people like to know how many prints are out there, so I will continue to (roughly) count the number of prints I make. I just won’t edition them.
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