Sewing Machine, 1952

ink on paper
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Stamped with Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. stamps and numbered in pencil, along with the Initials “SF”

Estate of Andy Warhol, and thence, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

A similar drawing owned by the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA

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Andy Warhol Sewing Machine, 1952

Andy Warhol Unique Sewing Machine Drawing

Although best known for his screenprint paintings, Andy Warhol was also an excellent draughtsman. Drawing was a constant part of his artistic practice.

In the 1950s Warhol used a “blotted line” technique to develop a signature style for his illustrations. Blotted line combines drawing with very basic printmaking, and it enabled Warhol to create a variety of illustrations along a similar theme. The process had many complex components. First, Warhol copied a line drawing onto a piece of non-absorbent paper, such as tracing paper. Next he hinged this piece of paper to a second sheet of more absorbent paper by taping their edges together on one side. With a nib pen, he inked over a small section of the drawn lines. He then transferred the ink onto the second sheet by folding along the hinge and lightly pressing or “blotting” the two papers together.

Larger drawings were made in sections, and completing a large blotted line drawing took time and multiple pressings. The process resulted in the dotted, broken and delicate lines that are characteristic of Warhol’s illustrations.