I am a jeweller and a printmaker. I see the two art forms as two ends of the same continuum. The constructed surface of a ring can be ‘printed’ onto paper, a wax impression of an intaglio metal print can be taken to create a form to be cast into jewellery.
I use a combination of relief and intaglio techniques to create three dimensional images, and these experiments translate into work in all kinds of different media.
“Relief is a sculptural technique. The term relief is from the Latin verb levo, to raise. To create a sculpture in relief is thus to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. What is actually performed when a relief is cut in from a flat surface of stone or wood is a lowering of the field, leaving the unsculpted parts seemingly raised.”
“The term “intaglio”, meaning “to engrave” or “cut into” refers to the process by which an image is created by scoring, gouging, pressing or cutting lines or hollows into a surface. A print is produced by filling the recessed lines or marks with ink, and then transposing the image from the plate surface onto damp paper by rolling it through a printing press.
The act of printing transforms the three dimensional image into a two dimensional printed image.