"Clamshells for Anne Arundel Community College" printmaking portfolios

We had a booth at the 2016 Printers' Fair in Lancaster, PA, and didn't have a successful day financially. The nature of our work attracts a lot of conversation with students due to the nature of our work falling outside the California Job Case a lot of the time.

Apparently, a year later, one of those conversations resulted in a commission to build 6 clamshell boxes to hold printmaking portfolios for Anne Arundel Community College. AACC has an aggressive printmaking club which brought them to us. 

We wanted to do something special and came up with the idea to do a fairly normal clamshell box, but to do something special to the tray component which will hold the 20 or so prints. Normally, we would use the pastepaper to wrap the outside of the box so this was a strangely, radical departure from our normal way of working.

We often will spend an afternoon just experimenting with pastepaper and at one about a month before starting these boxes we did this pastepaper. This is is a fragment of the piece that got us started toward the final product.

Test look that gave us the idea for the pastepaper

Test look that gave us the idea for the pastepaper

Those stripes kind of haunted us so when we got serious about making the pastepaper for the edges of the trays for AACC we came up with this piece off 5.5" x 4" offcut. We definitely through we should subdue the color and also hide the process more.

Final look to the pastepaper

Final look to the pastepaper

The strips were done with a paint roller covered in wide rubberbands. We would roll the roller in 6 different colors of paste and make 2 passes down the 14" h x 32" wide base sheet. We had to use 2 pieces to wrap the entire tray which took about 41" to go all the way around.

We will definitely be playing with highlighting the trays on future boxes.