Working on Tiki Prints

Hi all,

I had a mixed weekend of printing, I carved a new woodblock which had a machined texture on it which I couldn’t tell what impact it would have on the final print. As it turned out it looked like crap when printed so I had to leave that one for another time.

I also picked up some new paper (bright white Somerset for you printing nerds) at the weekend at Paintworks. They are really helpful although in this case it didn’t turn out to be the right stuff, the texture was too prominent.

So I had  a problem block and a paper I didn’t really like, luckily a highly talented individual was able to sort me out with some great paper and I ran off a load of other designs…

a gope board style carvingHere’s a feature of a gope board style carving I made awhile ago which I used for a print as well…

tiki linocut in progress

Cutting the lino…

A sketch and linocut of a MarupaiHere’s another design along side the plate. Remember not to drink while operating sharp tools kids!
An inked linocut of a Marupai designInked up and ready to print…
An inked Tiki linocut on a printing pressHot on the press…
Tiki prints drying on a lineHung out to dry.

New Papuan style Tiki

Hi All,
here’s another Tiki for you, once again showing the papua New Guinea influence. The long nose or ‘Beak Style’ is a stylistic feature seen in many New Guinea sculptures and there are several theories about its sigificance. It has been suggested that it relates to the trunk of Ganesha, the Hindu God whose head is shaped like an elephant. The inhabitants of Melanesia, (which includes Papaua New Guinea) are thought to have migrated from South east Asia as long as 50,000 years ago.

Another theory is that the Beak Style is a reference to the hornbill, a native of Papua New Guinea. The tribes of Papua New guinea frequently make use of anthropomorphic figures and elements in their art.

A Papua New Guinea style Tiki by Atomic Mess

Side view of a  Papua New Guinea style Tiki by Atomic Mess

Tiki showing the 'Beak Style' by Atomic Mess

Freshly finished  Tikis should always be presented with an offering…

Tiki by Atomic Mess enjoying a strawberry Daiquiri

The British museum

Here’s some pictures I took on a recent visit to the British Museum. Oceania isn’t particularly well represented there, I’m guessing the museum doesn’t have enough pieces to create a room, so they show what the do have alongside artefacts from other cultures under the theme ‘Living and Dying’.
Having said that there are some interesting pieces, including some impressive Maori carvings and an easter island Moai.

Adaro - a malevolent sea spiritThere’s also some cool stuff from the Solomon islands including an Adaro, an evil sea spirit which can kill by firing flying fish at unwary fishermen.

All in all it’s worth a trip, it’s free!
Apologies for the crap pictures, a combination of low lighting, it was busy and my camera was running out of batteries…
carved dog from the Solomon Islands
Solomon islands canoe prow