In the “XXXX Swatchbook, ” Evelin Kasikov ((before) examines all the variables in CMYK printing without a single drop of ink. She catalogs primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, two dozen combinations that show how rotation affects the final pigment, and a full spectrum of rich gradients. In total, the print-oriented book consists of four basic tones, 16 elements and 400 color fields, which were completely hand-stitched in 219,647 stitches.
The original idea arose from Kasikov’s desire for a reference work that resembled loose sheets of Pantone patterns that she could share with potential book design customers interested in CMYK embroidery. Over the next six years, however, the project grew into the uniquely comprehensive artist book that it is now.
The “XXXX Swatchbook” offers three-dimensional color studies in the style of precisely arranged halftone dots that are used in four-color printing. “I use the cross stitch technique to repeat this. It’s a very simple idea, ”says Kasikov. “I prepare the picture in InDesign or Illustrator, then I prick it on paper and embroider with CMYK colored threads. Of course, my “print resolution” is very low, around 3-4 lines per inch compared to 300 when printed. “
The swatches are stitched in different thicknesses and use conventional screen angles – cyan 105 °, magenta 75 °, yellow 90 °, and black 45 ° – to create a wide range of colors and gradients that you can all view the artist’s blog. Each French-folded page contains geometric thread spots as well as handwritten details about the displayed CMYK values. The spine also shows a lively color gradient from magenta to cyan.
“XXXX Swatchbook” is based on Kasikov’s earlier “CMYK embroidery, “A project that emerged from her MA at Central Saint Martins and was influenced by her background in advertising. The amalgamation of the two into a larger graphic sewing project grew organically, and provided the opportunity to create a piece that, in the artist’s opinion, was “valuable, timeless, and trending” compared to the more temporary projects of commercial work. “When you add tactile properties to graphic design, perspective changes. The structure of the color can be touched. The printed image becomes three-dimensional. A flat page is brought to life, so to speak, ”she writes.
Kasikov splits her time between Tallinn and London, where she works on a project called Little hours. The collection focuses on a theme of silence and features still life photographs with freehand dots embroidered on them in a pointillist style. Keep track of the ongoing project and find a larger archive of Kasikov’s book designs and embroidered works her side and Instagram. You could also enjoy Tauba Auerbachs RGB color space atlas. (above Presenting & correcting)
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