Powder Finger | Golden Rule
Edition size: 10, Print Size: 60” x 60”
Giclée Print made by Coriander Studios
Design and photography – Storm Thorgerson and StormStudios
“We built a tray with compartments, thoroughly sealed, and poured coloured paint into appropriate sections. The attempts to seal off compartments failed and colours leaked into each other in swirls and cloudy shapes, reminiscent of marbling but more vivid. It was fantastic to watch, We called it ‘random control’. For Powderfingers Golden Rule we incorporated Australia’s favourite bird, the kookaburra. The bird is easily discernible but with a little stirring and added oil droplets to help things along the patterns and swirls of contaminating colours works their magic anyway. A wonder to watch, a moving constellation.”
Storm’s career spanned 6 decades, beginning in the 60’s when, as a friend of the Pink Floyd (he was at school with Syd and Roger, and Nick and David were part of his circle of friends), he overheard them asking a photographer to shoot their second album. The photographer refused and Storm said “I’ll do it”. The rest is history.
Storm formed a design group (Hipgnosis) in the 60’s with Aubrey (Po) Powell and Peter Christopherson. They worked for pretty much everyone who was anyone in the rock world at the time. Hipgnosis dissolved in the late 70’s.
Storm continued with sleeve design, forming a new company that included Peter Curzon, Dan Abbott (both designers) and Rupert Truman (Photographer), with whom he worked for the best part of 30 years, and who make up StormStudios today.
These are limited edition fine art prints. They are silk screens and giclée’s, printed using archival inks on acid free papers.
Our first foray into prints was with Coriander. It was run by Brad Faine – an artist, and specialist in silk screen printing. Brad and his team made prints for artists such as Damien Hirst, Sir Peter Blake, Bruce McLean etc. etc. Today, they are one of the foremost fine art printers in London. In recent years, they have embraced new technologies, and also make many of our digital prints.
Silk screen printing is a laborious process, whereby the layers of colour are applied by hand, one by one. Some of our prints have 25-30 colour layers applied. It is reliant on highly skilled printers to understand how the layers will build up. The finished images generally have a more ‘painterly’ feel than the digital prints.
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