Printing Process - Roby Dwi Antono, KIRA

Work in progress snapshots of Roby Dwi Antono’s KIRA edition, which was silkscreen printed by hand. This image was built up layer by layer during the proofing process with each tone and colour mixed by hand, and then diligently repeated for the edition. Silkscreen interpretations of original artworks like this begin their journey as a digital file, artworks are ‘captured’ either by being scanned or photographed. Once the original has been successfully captured a colour separation can take place, effectively slicing the image into multiple layers that beautifully interact and overlay to create a look and feel that is utterly unique to the silkscreen process. This print also has a special glow in the dark (phosphorescent) layer — which was printed using the same long last glow ink found on fire safety signs.

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Collective Profile - @samharry

@samharry

So so awesome! As always, a labour of love
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @tommurphy

@tommurphy

haha :-D they'll be another this coming week!
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @ben

@ben

It is indeed an amazing process (x4) 😆. Yeah we need these insights and updates on regs.
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @curtispenning

@curtispenning

🤯🤯 such an amazing process
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @curtispenning

@curtispenning

🤯🤯 such an amazing process
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @curtispenning

@curtispenning

🤯🤯 such an amazing process
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @curtispenning

@curtispenning

🤯🤯 such an amazing process
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @diogo

@diogo

Thank you for sharing, really interesting insight into the ink that was used. Would love to see more of these from your day to day in the printing room.
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @mazdak

@mazdak

Love the BTS view and to hear about the technique, thanks for sharing Tom!
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @pai

@pai

Thanks for sharing us about the behind-the-scenes of this KIRA print. Did not know it's the same glow ink used on fire safety signs 🤯
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @tommurphy

@tommurphy

Yes, it's actually a phosphorescent powder suspended in a varnish. Once printed and the solvent part of the ink evaporates away you are left with a sand like texture on the print. Another interesting fact is that the powder 'charges' under the influence of light so it can glow when's its dark. So, if you were to shine a UV light at it the print would glow really intensely!
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @duncwhite

@duncwhite

thanks for sharing!! agree with @acc_20GZEM8sAE15AHvNUzmXzvsRZPo ! a timelapse would be awesome, i still remember the small clip for the laser engraving of the Kira statue, was so cool and love to see what happens behind the scenes
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @tommurphy

@tommurphy

That would be great. I'll see what I can do! Colour separation can often be the most interesting part but is often hidden away!
9 months ago·
Collective Profile - @ben

@ben

Love this piece and so glad we decided to add the eyes glowing! Would love to do a Timelapse of building a print up from scratch, layer by layer. think it would add a nice insight for all!
9 months ago·