Roy Scholten is wrapping up a years-long printing project with dozens of playfully rendered fowl. 50 Birds is an ongoing sequence that makes use of LEGO instead of lead kind to create curved beaks, lengthy tails, and rounded bellies. With solely three species—hawfinch, reed bunting, and kingfisher—remaining, The Netherlands-based artist and designer has almost a full flock of the letterpress creatures, all nested inside 6 x 6-inch paper.
“It’s been fascinating to see how the expertise from earlier prints feeds again into the next ones,” he tells Colossal. “In a method, as a result of I bought higher at it, the tougher it has develop into. Extra refined coloration schemes and patterns resulted in a extra painterly strategy to printing.”
Scholten started working with the unconventional materials a couple of decade in the past in collaboration with artist Martijn van der Blom, and the pair not too long ago launched a bi-lingual guide, Print & Play, the Art of LEGO Letterpress, documenting their course of and initiatives over the last ten years. Their apply of inking and printing with the plastic blocks is thought in printmaking circles because the “Hilversum methodology,” named for his or her studios’ location within the metropolis of Hilversum. Included within the guide’s pages are some early works from the 50 Birds assortment, together with van der Blom’s architectural typography, stylized dinosaurs, landscapes, and extra.
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