James Watt is famed for his world-changing work on steam engines. But did you know he also invented a letter copier?
The exhibition will coincide with a talk by curators, engineer and printmaker Roger Farnham and papermaker Jacki Parry RSA. Discover how they made ink and copy paper conditioner using Watt's 1780 patent recipes and the special copy paper required using ingredients available in the late 18th century.
The exhibition, The James Watt Print Show, curated by Roger Farnham and Jacki Parry, will include work by experienced fine art printmakers, who have been invited to explore the letter-copier printing process. The list of participating artists is as below, however there is a risk that the medium will just not work for them, and their work will not be there.
John Mackechnie RSA, Director of Glasgow Print Studio
Claire Forsyth, Workshop Manager at Glasgow Print Studio
Ciara Phillips, 2014 Turner Prize nominee, recently commissioned for the V&A Dundee
Claire Barclay, who represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale 2003, with exhibitions at Tate Britain, Tramway
Elspeth Lamb RSA, former Head of Printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art, with residencies in Japan focussing on traditional papermaking
John Taylor, painter and printmaker with a career spanning over 60 years, whose major retrospective was exhibited at The Briggait in 2016
Jim Pattison RSA, innovative printmaker with work featured at the Royal Scottish Academy and Glasgow Print Studio
Jacki Parry RSA, founder member of Glasgow Print Studio, former Head of Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art and internationally exhibited artist.
With contributions from Nuala Watt, Liz Lochhead and Alasdair Gray.
This is written before the artists have faced the Watt-challenge; the artists are trying out a new medium for the first time: for some it will work; for some possibly not. To find out what happened next, come and see the show.
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