Formica was a key material for DIY dads, (mine especially), in the Fifties and Sixties; whapped over old table tops, shelves etc., its groovy patterns helped turned Edwardian homes like ours into spaces fit to watch Juke Box Jury in on a Saturday evening. Invented as far back as 1912, it was a laminate made from kraft paper with a melamine top surface. Formica-Formikel is the seventh signed print:
Final signed print is Secrets of the Internal Combustion Engine. Paolozzi was fascinated by engineering and loved related imagery. Back in the Fifties/Sixties understanding of technology was limited outside specialist communities. When cutaway drawings of cars and aeroplanes began to appear more frequently in comics/general interest magazines, it really was like letting light in on magic.