A delectable, hand pulled, three colour screen print, taken directly from the EAGLE circuit board layouts for the Arduino Uno (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardUno - see arduino-uno-Rev3-reference-design.zip). I am in no way affiliated with the Arduino company, and I am using the word Arduino here, because there is simply no other reasonable way to describe this print.
This is the second 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.
The Arduino was my introduction to microprocessors, and I am very fond of it as an ecosystem and a community. What the Arduino team have helped accomplish is remarkable and an Arduino compatible board is still at the heart of my PolargraphSD machines.
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 12 prints. These were all hand pulled on a manual press at Edinburgh Printmaker's Workshop, onto white Somerset Satin paper, with acrylic ink. The colours are bright, and translucent. 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 28cm x 38cm (11" x 15") but the actual printed area is around 19cm x 28cm (er, 7 1/2" x 11", so it can be displayed with a nice wide border all around. The paper has torn edges.
Alternatively, it fits nicely into the aperture of a 30x40cm IKEA frame with a mat (there's a pic of that). It is signed and numbered as part of the edition.
It will be delivered rolled up 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!