I have been trying out a geli plate to use with my students in the autumn term. It is a very easy to use printing method and can be used well with plants and organic materials.This print was made using barley seeds.
Making paper from plant materials and printing images of roots and root sections onto the paper.
A latex cast of a turnip plant, the roots are so fine that they became completely coated in the latex however the plant is now more robust and easy to handle.I plan to use the latex cast to make a photo sensitive etching plate. And print from that as the cast is very fragile.
Baby turnips grown in hydroponics over two weeks at the James Hutton Institute. Planning to press them into plant papers, or collage them into prints. Roots are very fine and needed to be floated onto paper so that I could spread them .
I am currently casting larger roots grown over 6 weeks with thin layers of latex which I can then use as a mould for casting plant papers.
I am exhibiting prints of Diatoms phytoplankton found in fresh and salt water and used in research into sea level change. ie if you find fresh water diatoms in sediment cores taken from the sea, sea level has increased.