Posterizing a license plate (a fundraiser for Nicas in exile)

One day during our year working in Nicaragua, Claire found an old license plate in a ditch in Managua. It was from 1979, the year the Nicaraguan people overthrew the dictator Somoza, so she set it aside. Fabricated in the blue and white of the country’s flag, it had rusted over the course of six or seven years – a visual metaphor of the betrayal of the revolution by the corrupt, brutal Ortega-Murillo regime.

1979 License plate.

I thought this might make an interesting silkscreen print that would be suitable for a fundraising campaign. Some Nicaraguan friends suggested the group <Dale una mano a tu Hermano> (“Give a hand to your brother/sister”) which assists Nicas in exile in vulnerable situations in Costa Rica. The order form for these prints is here for anyone who would like one. (FYI there are only 44 in the edition!)

[Please note that my primary market for this print is for people in Canada, the US and Europe, because I want funds to go from outside Nicaragua & Costa Rica, not from inside.]

My process began with “posterizing” a black and white version of the photo to make 6 film positives and photostencils:

Creating thresholds in Photoshop.

Setting up an Illustrator file with six layers allowed me to test out various colour combinations and plan my sequence of inks:

Digital print plan

Then I started mixing various blues:

Mixing blues with transparent medium.

The first colour: a very transparent blue gradient.

Second colour: silver.

Third colour: a powder blue.

Fourth colour: copper mixed with gloss medium.

Fifth colour: blue.

Sixth colour: dark blue.

The final print:

“…Nicaragüita” © Bill Horne 2020

The title, “…Nicaragüita” is named after the song by the brothers Carlos Mejía Godoy and Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy, “Nicaragua, Nicaragüita” – a love song to a country freed from tyranny.

Total print edition: 44 + 4 Artist’s Proofs. Dimensions: 6″ × 12″ (15.5 cm × 31 cm)

Again the order form is here.
(First come, first served 😉

I had a lot of fun printing these and want to thank Claire Kujundzic, Liliana Cisneros, Jacques Lemieux and Sophia Isajiw for their assistance and encouragement!

For those interested in the screen printing process, here’s a rough video recap.

#SOSNicaragua   #2añosinjusticia   #prohibidolvidar

 

2 thoughts on “Posterizing a license plate (a fundraiser for Nicas in exile)

  1. randyhadland

    I think this is vey cool. If it wasn’t just us old farts who were down there in the day, and remember, I think this would make a great rallying cry. ‘Nicaragua, 79!’ As it is I hope it raises good cash for the manos des hermanos. If they don’t sell right away I would like to help and hang one of those on my wall. but let people with cash have first shot. 🙂 Randy

    On Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:26:53 +0000, art by Bill Horne wrote: > WordPress.com > > Bill Horne posted: ” One day during our year working in Nicaragua, > Claire found an old license plate in a ditch in Managua. It was from > 1979, the year the Nicaraguan people overthrew the dictator Somoza, so > she set it aside. Fabricated in the blue and white of the country” > >

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