Blake, Peter (18 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 18: Tape 11: Side A: [no recording Side B] NHS Alphabet print donated to Charing Cross Hospital cancer unit and Royal Brompton. PB’s heart attack and treatment at Royal Brompton Hospital under consultant Paul Oldershow: details. Description of working on C Frayling’s portrait. Substantial comments on frames and framing. Printmaking as a student at Gravesend and Medway where the tutors’ main concern was keeping the stones ground: process described. Description of learning etching in the 1970s with Aldo Crommelynk and processes used; James Joyce in Paris prints. Anecdote about lunch at Crommelynk’s with Catherine Deneuve. Working on etchings for Molly Bloom for James Joyce anniversary [2004]. Description of ICA screen print portfolio (1964) organised by Gordon House with printer, Chris Prater. Description of PB Beach Boys print; remarks about techniques and materials. Mentions Brad Faine and Coriander Studios. ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’ three colour printing invention by Prater. Motive magazine print commission described. Description of Dazed and Confused magazine commission; details of using ink jet and cigarette packets collected on Leverhulme scholarship. Scanning and using computer to work and produce prints; comments on speed of process. Notting Hill Gate Trust commission described. Remarks about current upsurge and interest in printmaking. Comments on digital technologies as a means to an end. Discusses ink jet printing and its qualities, advantages, editions, compared to silkscreen printing.

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