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NEWS BIG PICTURE March 2015 Digital Harmony 6 Technology and nature are often pitted against one another, but for Seattle-based artist Karin Schminke (, these two inspirations are equally vital. Schminke has been using digital printing in her work for 30 years, and her Epson and HP wide-format printers are a key part of her multi-modal process. Moving seamlessly between Universal Laser Systems PLS 4.60 laser cutter, a Microtek ScanMaker 9800XL, Adobe Illustrator, and her own two hands, Schminke lets each piece evolve in its own way. The work itself points her towards the next step as she builds layers of digital prints, hand-painted acrylics, and laser-cut paper. "The combination creates a complex reception pattern that mimics how we experience nature," she says. Schminke turned to wide-format in 1994 with a CalComp 175i, and has since upgraded to an HP Designjet Z3200PS and an Epson Stylus Pro 9600, for printing on metal. A recent exhibit of her work in Bainbridge, Washington, featured a collection of works printed on aluminum or cut out of ApplePly plywood. The use of digital pigment inks over aluminum, Schminke says, creates a transparent overlay that reflects varying patterns of light to each viewer moving through the room. $80.2 billion Total industry sales in 2014, according to Epicomm's Future of Print Survey (

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Big Picture - March 2015

Big Picture - March 2015
Wide Angle
Inside Output
Business & Management
Make It Pop
Internet of Places: ISA Preview
Behind the Silver Screen
Job Log

Big Picture - March 2015