self-impression (materiaaldruk)

29 September 2010 § 1 Comment



also: self-printing, nature printing, Naturselbstdruck (German)

Dutch: materiaaldruk

category: manual relief printing/ intaglio


Self-impression originated in a wish of biologists and pharmasists to preserve the inner structures particularly of plants and leaves for a longer time. Storing the leaves itself isn’t possible, because after a while they start to disintegrate and aren’t useful anymore for biological or medical research. The technique of self-impression is very old and it is unknown who invented it. Presumably it isn’t invented by one person, but took shape on different locations and different moments. One of the oldest example of self-impression known is a Dioskurides handwriting from the 13th century, now in Istanbul (Topkapı palace, ms. A. III, 2127). The Auratus codex, dating from 1425, (Salzburg university library, ms. MI 36) is believed to be the earliest form of self-impression in western Europe. This technique of illustrating books was popular for a long time, also because of the in acording to woodcut or copper plates inexpensive way of fabricating. « Read the rest of this entry »


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