Print Science brings images from the history of astronomy back to life in a series of cards, screen-printed tote bags and sculptural framed objects.
John Hooper and Louise Beer combined their love for astronomy with the birth of Print Science in 2016. Having met while working with super/collider*, they began collecting books with lithographs and etchings from the era of astronomy just before photographic technology took over. The images they were finding were accompanying the most poetic texts, no longer seen in the pages of the modern astronomy books. An intrinsic part of their work involves keeping the context between the images and the written words.
The development of the project was an attempt to preserve the original books for the future whilst making them accessible to everyone. Instead of removing the pages from the books, they carefully photograph the images to create work which reflects and enhances the originals.
The artworks incorporate superbly crafted wooden box frames which have been designed and made in collaboration with Rabbit in a Frame. Our tote bags are screen printed by hand in Yorkshire, England and we think they have done a great job.
*super/collider, founded in 2006, is an independent agency based in London and Hong Kong. Working in and with people from the creative industries, we explore science from a pop cultural standpoint – bringing its wonders to new audiences through projects, events, publications and curated products.
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