Vintage Prints On Recycled Material From Cris Crites

Vintage Prints On Recycled Material From Cris Crites

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 24, 2010

Cris Crites is best known for his documentation and reproduction of vintage mug shots. He finds beauty in the wide range of emotions that are captured in that split second. His work is printed on brown paper bags, adding to their nostalgic feel, but recently he's turned to another medium — toilet paper rolls!

The work Cris shares with galleries is stunning and his commissioned pieces are equally amazing. I simply can't get enough of the saturated inks in combination with the reused paper. He's been showing non-stop since 2003, but recently he's turned towards toilet paper rolls to aid in his artist process and I'm in serious awe of the skill it takes to print on something that small... let alone round!

You can find Cris at the RockIDeMent Visual Art Space in Seattle on October 7th. He's done 72 prints on toilet paper tubes and will have several bags present as well. I've considered saving my toilet paper rolls for some crafty things around the house in the past, but as a printing medium, well, that one just hadn't occurred to me, but I'm glad it did to someone!

Check out more of Chris Crites' work from his site.

Related: 13 Great Uses and Reuses for Paper Bags

(Image: Cris Crites)

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