Photopolymer Photogravure – Week-End Workshop

with Silvi Glattauer

When Sat & Sun 8 & 9 April 2017 (Waiting List Only)      Sat & Sun 3 & 4 June 2017
Hours 10 am – 4 pm
Cost $550 (materials partly included)
Enrolments info@baldessinpress.com.au or fill out form below

2 Day Workshop
Explore and learn the use of photopolymer printing plates in combination with digital photography to create Photogravure etchings. This is a completely non-toxic approach without the use of solvents, or acids.

This workshop will teach you the ‘Direct to Plate’ system. We transfer the image directly on to the plate with the use of an inkjet printer. Plates are then exposed using UV light, processed with water and printed via an etching press. 

We do not use films for making plates, which simplifies the process immensely. Giving you more time to make prints!

This workshop will give you an insight into the hybridisation of digital techniques with the hand made print. We will look at printmaking techniques, including inks and paper options, setting up the etching press, color options with roll ups and digital chine colle.

Day One:

  • Preparing your images in Photoshop – Optimising quality of your original image to suit the photogravure print.
  • Direct to Plate printing vs using films – pros and cons.
  • Inkjet printer options.
  • Exposure Unit options.
  • Printing images directly on to Photopolymer plate – adjusting for plate contrast.
  • Testing exposure times.
  • Plate making – process
  • Proofing plates, using various ink densities to adjust print qualities.

Day Two:

  • Review of day one
  • More plate making
  • Printmaking techniques for press preparation, registration, paper options
  • Chine Colle techniques using rice papers and digitally created color layers.
  • There will be plenty of time for experimentation during day 2.

What is Direct to Plate photopolymer photogravure? Without the need for a film, the computer image is printed directly on to the plate, then exposed and etched in water. This method also does away with the need for a double exposure and the vacuum frame. You will spend less time making plates, and more time making prints! We will also explore the possibilities of digital chine colle layers with your prints.

This workshop assumes that you have a basic working knowledge of Photoshop and your digital camera. You will need to bring along your laptop with Photoshop.

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Silvi
About Silvi Glattauer

Silvi is a professional practicing photographer with a particular interest in non-silver alternative processes. Silvi specialises in the Photogravure process using non-toxic photopolymer plates. She finds that the combination of traditional printmaking with photographic images gives her work an added dimension that further develops the use of photography in fine art practice. Silvi also has a background in the Adult Education Sector with extensive experience in co-ordinating and running workshops. Silvi has been running workshops at The Baldessin Press for the past 12 years as well as teaching photographic fine art printmaking at RMIT and NMIT in Melbourne. Check out Silvi’s web site.

What you should bring:

The workshop fee covers the cost of making 3 A5 size plates as well as editioning paper, etching plates , newsprint, proofing paper and inks.

Additional plates are available for purchase during the workshop should you wish to make more than three images.

Please bring:

  • Digital files
  • Extra paper (optional)
  • Apron
  • Disposable gloves
  • Your laptop if yo have one
  • A USB stick
  • Lunch to share (tea & coffee provided)

A $100 deposit for weekend will be required to secure an enrolment. Balance of Course Fee is payable no later than commencement of first class.

Refunds
A course fee refund will be given if:
A class in which you are enrolled is cancelled.
Notice of your withdrawal from a class is given at least 3 weeks in advance.

Register by sending an email to info@baldessinpress.com.au or use the form below, Places fill quickly. You are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

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