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A delectable, hand pulled, three colour screen print, taken from the manufacturing design of the Polarshield.

(The Polarshield is a circuit-board designed by me as an add-on to an arduino, it is an integral part of my drawing machines that I make and sell, and use - see www.polargraph.co.uk for that.)

This is the first in a series of "portraits" of electronic circuits, and the first screen prints offered by Up To Much. The purpose is to remove these elaborate, geometrical designs from their industrial, or functional contexts, and view them as beautiful patterns in their own right.

As a designer and artist who works with electronics all the time as tools, I don't stop marvelling at the commonplace majesty of a handsome circuitboard. The process for making PCBs has been - historically - so similar to this form of printmaking that it suggested itself.

It allows me to showcase some aspects of the industrial design process that are otherwise entirely hidden, but contain something more than simple engineering rationalism. The most enjoyable circuits literally illustrate the solution to a small design problem - thinking your way out of a corner, and the most impressive pieces are wonderfully balanced expressions of forward thinking.

This listing is for one of a very short edition of only 5 prints. These were all hand pulled on a manual press, onto Somerset Satin, with acrylic paint. The colours are definite, but translucent so appear slightly muted. The blue corresponds to the bottom copper layer, the red to the top copper layer and the gold to the solderable, plated holes and vias that link the layers through the circuit board.

The paper is 11" x 15" (28cm x 38cm) and has a border of an inch (2.5cm) at the sides, and two inches (5cm) at the top and bottom. It is signed and numbered as part of the edition.

It will be delivered in a sturdy shipping tube.

If you have any suggests for particularly handsome, or significant circuit designs you would like to see in the series, please let me know!

Circuit board screen print - Polarshield v1.6 PCB original small edition


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: paper, acrylic paint
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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