I like the idea of collaborative art pieces...I've just never been very good at working with other people on creative things- my introvert need to mull for ages and then produce something in a flurry uninterrupted hasn't really been conducive to something truly shared.
I've never talked someone through the process of cutting, rolling ink and printing before and it was definitely harder than I expected. It turns out that I've developed so many little knacks and ticks to try and get a good hand pulled print, and conveying them all becomes hellish micro-management. At some point I had to let go and trust that my partner had eyes and a brain and by the end he was telling me off for getting inky smudges on the paper.
The design is for a dear friend's birthday; he recently accompanied us on Safari in Northern Kenya and we wanted to do something inspired by the things we saw. What better than the Oryx? There were many exciting beasties including lions and a leopard, but I think my favourite was the elegant Oryx with their sweeping horns and perfectly painted faces.
We each took a square panel and worked together on a complimentary design. The registration was worked out on the back of a cartridge pad and we printed alternately, holding the paper still while the other burnished the back with a spoon to transfer the ink. It felt a bit like twister but with ink.
Getting the blocks lined up...
The finished piece! I think it would be great to do a really huge one with a lot of people's input; repeated lino blocks often look fantastic- the sum is more than the individual parts and the reveal of this was a delight to both of us.