when the DEDSHIRTs abandoned the computer years ago and the high-tech printing processes made it follow a precise choice of life: to make the art more usable, moving it from the immobility of a frame to a more commercial and much more dynamic support like the fabric of a t-shirt.
in a downward world like that of the t-shirts DEDSHIRTs would have instead become works of art, unicum or multiplied arts copies, printed in a few copies and at medium-high costs for a small quality customers.
in art there is a great distinction between unique and multiple art copies, the difference lies in the number of specimens produced.
in the fine art graphics, according to an international convention derived from sculpture, we define unique works the series consisting of less than 10 copies, multiple works or serial those instead greater than 10. we speak only of those officially recognized: works signed and numbered by the artist showing both the number of the specimen and the total number of copies.
one of the most used printing techniques for the production of DEDSHIRTs is that of the relief print, the oldest, already used in europe in the 1400s.
the printing of a series is reproduced thanks to the use of a single original matrix (of wood or linoleum) on which the engraver draws the image specular to the one he wants to obtain in print, because the matrix works like a stamp. digging around the signs removes all that part of the matrix that does not have to be printed (which corresponds to the whites of the image) leaving only in relief the drawn parts that will instead receive the ink.
the finished matrix is inked with a rubber roller and the printing can be done by hand or by an etching press depending on the effect and the desired print-runs.
each DEDSHIRTs is an artistic multiple obtained from the same matrix and from the same subject, is true, but they are all different from each other since the procedure is completely manual and each specimen is not considered a copy but an original.
we would like to underline, and it is not at all obvious, that the whole procedure is carried out by the artist himself: from the conception of the original illustration to the matrix realization, from the printing on the fabric to its packaging.
the idea of using multiplied art and the fine art graphics on t-shirts follows the same principle of art in general: it aims to lower sales costs and at the same time to bring precious objects to a group always larger of people who probably do not intend to spend too much money for a unicum but still leave passionate and intrigued by art.