final project

i want to do a project based on john cage’s chance-determined prints using woodblock and copperplate etching methods.

an example of one of the prints from his series, Déreau:

using dice or making a randomizing processing sketch, the numbers determined will dictate my process and the composition of the print.

my concern is that the work will be very analog. the aspect of design and creating a system for designing will be present but i don’t want to make a processing sketch just to make a processing sketch for the class.

What is the content you’re designing?

chance-determined prints using woodblock and copperplate etching.

What is the intended form of your project?

- single print*
* ideally a series of 3 prints

What are your constraints?

- 6 preset rules
- 6 preset shapes
- 3 colors

almost final ink batches

same lungwort, different pH.

random and morris louis

using morris louis’s work as my reference.

and being [a little] braver with color.


round shapes were used for the character to directly contrast itself to the predators.

round shapes also lend themselves to more neotenous look- therefore giving it a “cute” appearance.


print test

fermenting tree lungwort & assets

lungwort will produce a rust color pigment.

– 24 hrs later –

shown are samples of the same lichen fermented in two different solutions.

left: in dmso (dimethyl sulfoxide)- which is a by product of paper making
right: in ammonia

the pigments are very diluted but there is a visible difference between the two solutions in that they produce complementary colors. the pigment being extracted in the ammonia solution is the favorable one.

one thing asked from the fungus class about the pigment process is the use of ammonia because it seems out of place in my preference for natural materials. an alternative would be urine- which is quite a common alternative.

i am very curious as to how the pigment will turn out but will need to overcome a small hurdle.


some character design progress:

playing with moths, faces, symmetry…

moth studies

drawing details to help with simplification.

printing code – midterm

brian s chung’s dynamic logo.

based on the chinese characters used for his middle name.

fungus – final presentation

thesis/fungus – pigment progess

- using a rubber block for testing
- vegetable glycerin was used as a vehicle for ink
- the ink was rich but it wasn’t enough- something that’s been a concern of mine since the beginning
- ammonia and water evaporate. ink was let to sit out over the course of a 36 hours.
- final result was a much richer ink that has some sort of viscosity (mild success).