Materials include Toyobo plates, Charbonnel oil-based inks and a range of papers such as Canson, Hahnemühle, BFK Rives and Garza Papel. Inking tools, gloves, wiping cloths, studio aprons, cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc, will be provided. You will be provided with sufficient materials for the course. Additional materials can be purchased.
Solar-plate etching and photogravure printing are essentially the same processes:
a handmade drawing or photographic image is digitised and printed onto a transparent acetate
the image on the acetate is burned into a light-sensitive, polymer-coated metal plate using UV light
by processing in water, the burned image is etched into the polymer coating of the plate
the plate is processed and dried, then inked and wiped by hand
finally, using a traditional etching press, the etched plate is printed onto a high quality paper
While the basics of the process are quite simple, effort is required to produce a print that is faithful to the tonal variations in the original drawing or photographic image. This is partly what makes my workshops special. I use calibration methods to ensure accurate reproduction of tonal values, from deep blacks to bright highlights in equally measured steps to produce a faithful copy of your original image.
An accompanying companion who would like to share your room but will not attend the workshop is welcome to do so for a small additional fee. You are also welcome to extend your stay before or after the course to see more of this beautiful region, based on availability.
Airport pick-up and drop off can be arranged on a specific date and time suitable for the majority of the group's participants. To coordinate your timing with the airport pick-up, you may choose to spend a night at a local hotel. We can help with any arrangements you need to make.
For further information on travel, please see the following pages.
Originating in the 1870’s, today’s polymer solar-plate etching combines the craft of traditional processes with the accuracy and convenience of modern technology. It is a safe, non-toxic alternative to traditional copper-plate work and its use of harmful chemicals, and can produce fine art prints of equal quality and beauty.
Check this video slideshow for are a few clips from recent workshop and printmaking work.
The print studio facilities are fully equipped for solar-plate etching and photogravure print-making. Equipment and facilities include an inkjet print station (MacBookPro, Eizo monitor, Epson A2 printer), specialist UV light meters for both an indoor lightbox unit and outdoor sunlight exposures, inking/wiping areas and a traditional etching press (A2-sized bed).
The workshops are held at Casa da Cabaza, a renovated old stone farmhouse located on the shores of a countryside lake in beautiful, rural Galicia, Casa da Cabaza houses the printing studio facilities, and provides the accommodation and all meals for the duration of the courses.
See this short video about the place shot during a recent combined photography/printmaking workshop
It has several private, en-suite, guest rooms, a large dining/lounge/recreational room and lovely gardens. It is a peaceful, creative place, ideal for learning and developing new ideas and work. The food is delicious and healthy, mostly vegetarian, organic and locally sourced. Dietary requests can usually be accommodated if notified in advance.
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