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A&E.A Monoprint or Monotype: The end of the Debate

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Ashley W Pritchard (awp)
Wed, 15 Oct 1997 20:50:50 -0700 (MST)


To Mark, James & Melissa
I have finally got the chance to go through all of my E-mail this
evening and have read all of your opinions concerning monoprins and
monotypes. Currently I have been able to do some research into the topic.
I have been taught that monoprint is synomonous with monotype from my
print making teacher.
The process of making a monoprint/monotype is when you use some
type of plate(metal, glass, plexiglass) with ink or paint rolled on and
the design whiped away or the design done in a freehand style. The design
is then transfered onto paper by placing the paper on top of the plate and
rubbing the back of the the paper with some type of impliment or the plate
ane paper is ran through a press together.
In my research of this topic I came to a book titled Print Making
with Monotype by Rasmusen. On pages 50-7 I found evidence in support of
what I have learned. Monotype origonally was a term coined for a
tyesetting method in the printing trade but has become synomonous with the
term monoprint. The first people to coint the term monoprint were Harry
Bertoia, Robert Broner, James Fitzsimmons and Charles Smith. The term
monoprint is the most popular of the two terms and is accepted by museums
and galleries making monoprint the prefered name of this process.
Monoprints are not prints produced as one-offs (proofs)
uneditioned, these are called printers proofs which are a kind of
trial/test run of the plate. A monoprint can also be made with multiple
plate registerings, layering colors on top of colors. Prints made with a
screen are not monoprints they are called screen print and are a competely
different type of process.
I hope that this gives everyone concerned over the debate of
monoprint/monotype some clearity and distinction between the two terms. I
appologize for my dely in addressing the issue, fortunately I am not a
computer addict.

Thanks,
Ashley Prichard
University of Arizona


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