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Digilog Prints: Post-Digital Letterpress. Print Exchange.

As part of ongoing research in post-digital letterpress, this project invites 40 letterpress printers to take part in a print exchange. Which has been designed to uncover knowledge about creative practitioner’s use of digital and traditional technologies in producing printed artwork, with the intention of developing a theory of practice. Information collected through the print exchange (printed work and descriptions of process and motivations) will contribute to a PhD research project titled Digilog Prints: Post-digital Letterpress.
Digilog is a propositional term, posited by the project’s author, in order to investigate how digital and analog processes have merged as the post-digital age has become established within printmaking. Digilog is proposed as a label for objects or techniques that make intrinsic use of a combination of digital and analog methods, specifically translating digital into analog production methods, such as letterpress printing.
The research aims to uncover different approaches and tactic knowledge of artists and designers who have been identified as post-digital printmakers by the researcher. By completing a ‘print exchange’, a better understanding of practitioners’ motivation to utilise hybrid printmaking techniques will be gained.

The study uses qualitative methods to collect data from post-digital printmaking practitioners through a ‘print exchange’. This is an established activity through which multiple print practitioners collaborate to produce a portfolio of printed artwork, in response to a common theme. Building upon semi-structured interviews, completed earlier this year, the data collected through this project (in the form of printed artwork and questionnaires) will contribute to emerging hypotheses and operate as a form of triangulation.

Participants are asked to produce an edition of letterpress prints that convey their response to the following questions:

What is post-digital letterpress?
How has letterpress changed and adapted?
Why do we continue to print with this technique?

The participant sample has been selected based upon their practice as creative practitioners and their use of post-digital printmaking techniques.

The resulting data will be analysed using thematic analysis to establish meaningful patterns and themes from the participant’s collective responses, which are beyond individual’s experience. This method will aid the development of a theory of practice and enable greater understanding of the general motivations of the creative practitioners taking part, as well as providing an overview of the implications of these technologies within printmaking from the perspective of participants.