As part of the Jameson Black Barrel craft series last year we were invited to host an interactive event at Mabos Warehouse. Using the flame-charred bung from a select reserve cask the guests were asked to make a single relief print forming a collective work exploring the possibilities of mark making using a wooden bung from a Jameson Black Barrel. Relief printing is a printmaking process where protruding surface faces of the printing plate or block (in this case the charred surface of the whiskey bung ) are inked; recessed areas are ink free. Printing the image is therefore a relatively simple matter of inking the face of the matrix and bringing it in firm contact with the paper. The word whisky (or whiskey) is an anglicisation of the Gaelic word uisce/uisge meaning water. Distilled alcohol was known in Latin as aqua vitae (“water of life”). The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning so we knew the prints made could imply anything from the idea of movement to the cycle of time, life, the planets’ journey around the sun, the great rhythm of the universe. Below is a selection of the impressions made on the night.

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