Monday hero: Hendrik Werkman

I"m surprised I haven't featured the work of Werkman (1882-1945) in my Monday heroes before!

When I tell people what printing technique I use for my work (template printing) usually their eyes glaze over. But when I ask them if they know the work by Werkman, they go : O, that technique!

Strictly speaking it is not really the same, I think. Werkman cut holes in the shapes he wanted, in an overlay, through which he rolled the ink directly onto the paper. I also cut out shapes, but apply the ink to these shapes and print them onto paper with an etching press.

During WW II, Hendrik Werkman critisized the Germans, and printed his famous series of Chassidic Legends.

He was executed 3 days before the end of the war.



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