When researching for the presentation, I began to take a closer look at the authenticity of the textures I had been using in photoshop.
At work, I often photocopy documents, ID, and certificates of marriage, death and birth. I had never noticed how poorly the photocopier translated to image unto greyscale paper. Large gatherings of copied paper stapled together often mean a problem or error occurred, in the contract process; often a note would be added to a sheet to be then scanned and copied again. the more often a copy was taken the images and text further degrade and so the artefacts of the photocopier multiply.
I now associate such degradation artefacts to the tension felt when dealing with paperwork.
I can only imagine this, among many other traces left behind by copiers and printers, have different meanings for different people. This is a pedantic example, but I feel resonates in a wider context - for example, halftone shading a rendering.
I have been using this to an advantage in my work, as an expressive entity that coexists alongside the content of the illustration.
At work, I used a cash terminal to print off a few pages of pure black. I simulated the effect of rescanning and printing the black sheets by purposely doing so over and over (appropriating my own material suffering felt at the hands of customer complaints and issues for my own academic and creative gain). I also, purposely folded and distressed the ink sheets. The activity gave a library of textures from my workplace which felt somewhat odd. I try and defuse any conversation that may lead to the discovery of my job in gentle fear of social misjudgment, so expressing a part of me that resides in the workplace in an academic context filled me with unease.
Perhaps though, this idea should be met with more personal acceptance as this method of capturing the idiosyncrasies of print texture is in the most honest, contextually sound and delt with in the most appropriate way.