Black Alice: a screen printed, black-light poster series
Black Alice: a screen printed, black-light poster series
Sixteen illustrations by eight different artists inspired by the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Sixteen illustrations by eight different artists inspired by the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Read more
About this project
We're using the art of illustration, screen printing and black light reactive inks to further explore the themes of duality and transformation in the Alice books by Lewis Carroll.
The goal of this series is to produce sixteen art prints as a collaboration between eight different artists. Each artist is illustrating two prints. One based on a character from the books, and another from a passage of their choosing or one of the original John Tenniel illustrations.
Through screen printing and the wonder of black light reactive inks, we're developing each illustration into an object with two states: one state in daylight and another, altered state under black light. The end result is a truly unique and curious narrative distilled into each print.
The Artists and Illustrations
Each of the eight contributing artists are excited to see this project happen with help from the kickstarter community. We've spent a lot of time working on these images and this concept to bring it to where it is today.
See our progress so far and find out more about each of us below.
A Unique Approach to Black Light Art: The Dual Image
As screen printers and illustrators, we started incorporating UV reactive and glow in the dark inks into our show posters and artwork a few years ago. Instead of emulating the traditional black light poster art of the sixties and seventies, we found ourselves experimenting with more subtle, balanced uses. We remained focused on creating images that were effective in regular lighting conditions, but also featured hidden details that would appear under a black light.
The Intersection with Lewis Carroll’s Books
Frans Boukas had been itching to further explore the themes of duality and transformation that are so central to Alice’s experiences in Lewis Carroll's books. When we shared our experiments with black light inks and presented the concept of the two states of an image, he realized this was the perfect fit. Straightaway he began pairing fellow illustrators with characters he wanted to see them take on, convincing us what a weird match this alternative style of image making would be for the characters and scenes in the books.
The Printing Process
Screen printing is a traditional printing method that gives the artist the ability to lay down individual areas of precise colors in a specific order. It has a long, rich history. The classic black light posters of the sixties and seventies were screen printed because it’s the perfect way to work with these custom fluorescent and UV reactive inks.
Without screen printing these images don't work. It's the only effective way to create live, tangible versions of these dual images that can be really experienced in person instead of previewed on a computer screen.
Our personal adventures with screen printing have led us to a close partnership with Triple Stamp Press, a skilled and experienced screen printing shop. They share our passion and have poured it into their process. They have the attention to detail, level of control, and taste for experimentation that will be required to take on the technical challenges of printing this very unique project. Also, we share a building with Triple Stamp's shop allowing us to remain intimately involved at every step of the printing process.
The Complete Series and the Rewards
With your help, we'll finish the illustration, color, and printing of this series of sixteen, limited edition art prints. With a healthy dose of gratitude, we've made the completed prints available as rewards for your support. Many of these reward levels allow you to choose your favorite prints. You'll be able to make this choice shortly after July 15th when we send out the order survey.
Pledge $8 - BLACK LIGHT POSTCARD
Pledge $15 - BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT BULB
THE COMPLETE BLACK ALICE BLACK LIGHT PRINT SERIES
We feel that together these sixteen prints will provide a full, collaborative dialogue around Carroll's original themes. The series will be offered in custom printed packaging complete with a black light bulb to provide the full experience. For pledging $400 or more you will receive the complete series packaged with the official black light bulb and postcard.
Some of the original artwork is available exclusively to backers. Some originals for the 8 1/2 x 11" prints are available for a pledge of $600. Some of the originals for the 18 x 24" prints are available for a pledge of $800. Each original comes with the complete Black Alice print series, postcard and bulb.
Pledge $1200 - YOUR FAVORITE PASSAGE ILLUSTRATED BY US
You'll receive the complete set, postcard and bulb and discuss directly with one of the following artists which passage, character or related idea from the books you want to see illustrated.
Risks and challenges
A lot of the artwork is complete and print ready and we're committed to finishing the rest by the end of this Kickstarter campaign (keep an eye on the updates). The bigger obstacle will be funding the high quality screen printing of each limited edition print.
We are set up to deliver final art to Triple Stamp Press for screen printing by mid July. They have set aside room in their production schedule to work closely with us until the final print deadline of early October. We will spend the rest of that month fulfilling orders and backer rewards as well as launching an online store and preparing for a gallery showing of the completed series. The gallery show will give many people the chance to experience this work in person.
Turning this series of illustrations into tangible, handcrafted objects will be our biggest hurdle. But with a little kickstart, we'll have everything we need to make it real!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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