In printmaking, the number of prints desired will be determined and an additional 25 or so will be added to this figure. The reason for this is due to the fact that often times, not all of the prints will turn out as anticipated. Sometimes the alignment and/or color scheme is skewed. However, the printer may experience a situation where every print turns out according to plan. As a result, there are more prints than required, technically decreasing the value of the specific print. Therefore, in most cases the extras are simply discarded. Arthur Secunda saw this as an opportunity to make more art. For example, in regards to Kettle Moraine Winter, more prints than needed were successfully produced. Arthur decided to cut out what he refers to as “swan wings” and added them to another print titled Constellation. Both images can be seen below:
Kettle Moraine Winter
Another example where Arthur took advantage of a surplus of prints involves Chippewa Fall and Golden Chippewa. The later was created by the addition of detail line work which can be seen by comparing the two prints:
World Environment Day (JUNE 5th) was established in 1972 when people and organizations realized the importance of taking care of the environment. It is celebrated in many countries and the activities include parades, concerts, planting trees, cleaning up trash, and even political campaigns.
Arthur relates to this holiday because he could’ve thrown out the extra prints, but chose to re-use them. This is one of the pillars of sustainability –> reduce, reuse, & recycle. Concepts such as rethink, respect, repair, re-gift, refuse, and recover have been added to the original three by various organizations. Participate this June 5th by doing something good for the environment. Consider Arthur’s decision to reuse prints to make new creations for us to enjoy, which also reduced waste.