“kakimono” by Dennis Humphrey
Country: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Parts used: Powdered granules from brewed and fermented juice of ripened fruit
Amount: 3.5 grams
Thinner: 125 mL distilled water for 2 letter-sized prints
Application: Selective brushing and dripping with foam brush; stamping with rim of small shot glass
Substrate: Handmade gampi washi, 100 gsm
Created with: Photogram of kimono cutout shape and Lunaria seed pods and seeds
Exposure: 7 sunny days, with maximum UV Index ranging from 6-8, August summer, 2023
Contrast: ✿✿ (Medium)
Challenges or observations: Four layers of the emulsion were applied selectively on various areas, in layers, with full drying in between: several overlapping shades of orange-brown resulted. The print was clamped under glass in a printing frame and exposed all day in a south-facing window. The overall final effect is mottled, muted warm browns with little bleaching; there was medium contrast in the exposed areas around the kimono shape and Lunaria seed pods and loose seeds, since the exposed emulsion actually turned darker than the covered areas.
Additional information: Since persimmon juice (kakishibu) is a fermented tannin dye, it does have high lightfastness properties and is expected to darken in sunlight over time. I handmade the gampi washi paper in Kaga-shi, Japan; it has a smooth, silky texture with bark inclusions.
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