E for Explosion: A Print for the Fallen

A successful collaborative project that brings together individual specialisms to create an elegant and functional artefact.

Exhibited at 

Envelope: 14th February to 28th March, 2015. Peninsular Arts Gallery (newly named The Levinsky Gallery), University of Plymouth.


The folder hints as to the content within. A cleverly designed device, that compliments and enhances, but does not distract from the print.

Red card is inserted inside to allow the text to be read once the folder is opened. The ingenuity of the design means that the cut letter E on the front incorporates into the overall design and becomes an integral element.

Insertion of the print adds the final touch with red, black and white colours working in unison, providing a dynamic combination of type, card engineering and print.

Medium: Card. Dimensions (Folded): H:155m W:95mm.

Andrew Kulman

Andrew Kulman and SaraKulmanPaperPlay join forces

E for Explosion is a collaboration demonstrating husband and wife team work. Andrew produced a series of wood engravings over Summer and asked Sara to design a folder which could contain four small engravings. The theme was explosions,inspired by Vorticist images and Paul Nash’s wood engravings of the Great War. Why explosions? Andrew  suggests that there was irony in taking something almost impossible to depict visually and engraving it in fine lines across small block of Lemon wood. What you achieve is an impression rather than anything that can be called objective.

Sara’s contribution was a series of innovative folders, using the dynamism of shapes and angles to make a visual response in card to the theme of explosion.  What originally started as a folder for four images became a folder for one particular image. The first considerations were centred on materials and colour. Particular…

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