David Kolkman

Dye Sublimation

I learned of Dye Sublimation printing many years ago, it captured my attention, and never let go. Now retired, and looking for something meaningful to do with the rest of my life, I have returned to this technology to produce products that will last for centuries.

When I press images on ceramic surfaces I have specific goals. These images are continuous in tone and very high resolution. I want the viewer to not only see the image, but feel that they can reach into it and experience the texture and the presence of what they see. In other words, as much as possible, I want it to be a three dimensional experience.

When I create products with images provided to me by others, these images/pics always require some restoration, enhancement and sharpening. Many times, what I am given to work with are faded blurred images approaching 100 years old. The greatest compliment I can get after restoring and pressing these images is to see the looks of amazement that I get from the family when they see the restoration of images of their great grandparents, grandparents and parents that they thought were lost to time.

I have recently begun creating collages as well as murals. Give me enough pixels and I’ll give you a custom ceramic wall, or backsplash or table top in any size you desire.

I love this technology, Photoshop, Illustrator and Dye Sublimation. With these, I don’t just make art and gifts I make memories.

And now…my favorite quote from Woodrow Wilson:

“The light shines on the path ahead and nowhere else.”