Photogravure 3 day Intensive summer workshops
Photogravure Workshops at Cape Fear Press with Jennifer Page
June 21-23 and July 19-21 Thursday-Saturday 10 am - 5pm with a 45 minute break for lunch
Other dates are available on request for you and a friend, please ask.
Photogravure, an intaglio process developed between 1850 and 1880, was one of the first successful techniques used to edition photographic images. Its tonal and archival qualities are so superb that even after the arrival of more commercially viable processes in the early 20th century, photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Curtis, and Paul Strand used it to edition some of their most important works. Fine art presses and book publishers still use the process today.
Jennifer Page, the owner of Cape Fear Press, was the first artist to test the new Phoenix Gravure tissue for fine art photogravure. She has thoroughly tested the tissue etching about 100 gravure plates with it thus far. Jennifer has developed some technical innovations to deal with all the variables and common problems encountered with gravure. Once the basic steps are mastered, the etching process opens itself up to becoming a meditative and transmutative act, becoming equally creative as the image making itself.
In this intensive 3 day workshop students will learn digital image preparation from scanned film or file with Photoshop on a Mac, making positives on a high resolution inkjet printer, direct gravure (drawings on frosted mylar), all aspects of tissue processing, exposure calibration, using aquatint screens and Picco dustgrain for box aquatints, etching, plate retouching techniques, printing and wiping techniques, ink modifications, tips for editioning, as well as a brief intro to steel facing the copper plate for durability. Prior knowledge of etching, photography and/or Photoshop is very helpful but not necessary. Each participant will etch 2 plates approx. 8x10" pulling several prints. We will use a an aquatint screen for one of the plates and traditional dustgrain aquatint for the other.
Info on registration and class fees: http://www.capefearpress.com/gravure_workshops.html