Limited to five attendees. This workshop concentrates on a new Piezography method of producing photopolymer gravure plates by printing the positive image directly onto the pre-sensitized plate. No film is required. An exposing screen is not required. A vacuum exposing machine is not even required for this process. Yet the benefits are a much higher acuity and fidelity than available when using film positives, exposing screens, and vacuum exposing units. You can read more about our involvement in this process here.
The Piezography® Direct-to-Plate Photopolymer Gravure is a method in which an Epson printer driver is manually tuned via lesser-used settings to manage Piezography Ultra HD Matte Black ink output and dithering with the purpose of printing a positive image directly onto the surface of a photopolymer plate. The complex calibration and linearization of the output is performed by a proprietary Piezography ICC profile. This process is currently only OS X compatible. As with any Piezography process, the linearization is perfectly suited to the medium and there is a screen display to print match that allows the user to edit their images without compensation curves and other unnecessary processes. The Piezography method produces what appears to be a visual replicant of the aquatint photogravure process.
You'll learn how to process the plates in plain water, dry them, and ready them for inking by hand. In the etching studio, for the sake of health and safety, we will only use safe etching inks that clean up easily with water and do not produce fumes of any kind. What you learn however, is easily adaptable to oil based etching inks. You'll learn how to set up the etching press for the type of pressure required for intaglio. You'll learn how to calendar paper and prepare it for printing. You'll learn how to ink and wipe your own plates and pull your own prints!
Attendees must bring a laptop, but we provide professional grade large screen reference calibrator displays by Eizo and NEC. If you are not currently digitally equipped, please bring something for us to digitize for you. If you only have digital images and no laptop - bring them on a flash drive and you can use our computers. You should bring a series of images you wish to work with. All of the materials and fine art papers are included in the workshop costs. If you happen to have a portfolio, bring it with you. We would love to see and share.
Here is a list of what we will cover, followed by Travel and Housing information:
- Overview of the Direct to Plate Photopolymner Gravure process
- Printmaking papers
- Studio Setup - Presses, Exposing Units, Inking areas, post print processing and drying
- How to build a print flattener
- The new Piezography Ultra HD matte black ink
- Setting up Photoshop
- Setting up Lightroom
- The Piezography Direct to Plate method
- Photopolymner plate Development and Hardening
- Photopolymner plate Cutting
- Safe etching inks vs conventional etching inks
- Photopolymner plate inking and wiping
- Paper preparation and calendaring
- Etchnig Presses and their setup for gravure
- Printing Photopolymner plates with an Etching Press
- Editioning and production strategies
- Print drying and flattening using a print drying flattener and how to build one yourself
- Introduction to Piezography Professional Edition Toolset
- Group print-show and talk
- Questionnaire & Wrap-up
Location and Hours:
The studio is located at 17 Powder Spring Road, Topsham, Vermont 05076. It is registered with Google Maps and you can trust Google directions to our studio. The studio is open to students, and instruction is provided from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Your instructor sets time for demonstrations, lunch, critiques and clean up. On Wednesday we try to have a paella party in the Summer when weather permits. In the Fall we try to do something similar. But, we do keep the studio open later on Wednesdays. We also encourage sharing your work on Wednesday early evening. So plan for staying a bit later on Wednesday to share, eat, or get a bit more printing done!
Our nearest airport (75 minutes) is Burlington International Airport (BTV) in Burlington, VT. Other airports are Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) (130 minutes) and Boston-Logan (180 minutes). There are car rentals as well as private taxis and shuttles between the airport in Burlington, VT and East Topsham.
The amount of lodging near us is very limited. You must make reservations early if you want to be within walking distance of our studio. There is a small B&B with friendly owners and excellent breakfast and 5 minute walk: http://www.vermontbackintime.info/
East Topsham is where we are and a 4 room Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance (1 minute drive)
Back in Time Bed & Breakfast
Fairlee, VT is the Lake Morey Resort: www.lakemoreyresort.com (25 minute drive)
Newbury, VT quaint historic village (30 minute drive):
Gibson House Bed & Breakfast
Barre, VT old granite town a little past its prime (25 minutes drive):
Millstone Inn (heart of the old Websterville granite quarries)
Firehouse Inn (literally the old downtown Barre Firehouse but now with a restaurant and rooms)
Maplecroft Bed & Breakfast
Woodsville, NH a little
Norwich, VT quaint historic village (40 minutes drive) Norwich Inn (with its own brewery)
Montpelier, VT is our State Capital but a tiny historical town with tons restaurants (45 minutes drive):
Betsy's Bed and Breakfast
The Inn at Montpelier
Capital Plaza Hotel
Hanover, NH where Dartmouth College is (45 minutes drive):
Hannover Inn (upscale and fine dining)
Six South Hotel
We provide a tasty and healthy lunch each day according to the questionairre you are asked to fill out prior to your arrival. Coffee, espresso, and tea are all very important to us and is always available fresh. We have a refrigerator in case you need to bring things you would rather not be without.
Stella's Italian Restaurant
The Lime Inn
Lantham House Tavern
Beau Butchery + Bar
Three Penny Taproom
Peyton's Place Restaurant