Friday, April 22, 2011

Pouring, squeezing, caressing: How Ink is Made

Who would have thought that the manufacturing of the ink that goes into printing our artwork is a work of art itself?

How Ink is Madedirected by Tate Young, written & produced by Ian Daffern with photography by Tony Edgar is set to Alfred Brendel playing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major. Peter Welfare, president & Chief Ink Maker of The Printing Ink Company talks passionately about the process and different stages involved in producing the perfect ink.

"The ultimate ink would have the best gloss, the best running ability, the best set speed, the best rub resistance" Welfare says. "I may never find that ink, but every day I'm looking for the next piece to get me there".

Throughout the process the pigment is caressed, poured and squeezed through rollers, mixers and quality control. A lot of time, effort and creativity goes into making ink, who knew.

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