I’ve just finished printing my first broadside! The image was made at Sissinghurst Castle and hand printed in polymergravure on Somerset paper. The text is an excerpt from the poem Sissinghurst by the English poet Vita Sackville-West and written about her beloved home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she lived with her husband Harold Nicholson, a British politician and writer. It was letterpress printed in Garamond and Colonna typefaces.
Sackville-West was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of writers, poets, painters and artists who lived in or around Bloomsbury Square in London and who spent weekends in the country at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, both post-impressionist painters.
Each Monday evening, for the past eight weeks, I’ve taught a polymergravure class at MCAD as part of their Continuing Education programme and the results were amazing! Thank you all, it was such a pleasure working with you, and to Claudia, my TA, for all your help. Just a few of the prints are shown below.
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I’ll be taking part in a roundtable discussion on photogravure at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts next month, along with three other practitioners of the process. This is free and open to the public – all are welcome and no reservation is required.
Photogravure is an art form with traditions in both photography and printing. Join us for a panel discussion on this unique process with artists Marvel Grégoire, Keith Taylor, and Carol Inderieden, moderated by Jes Lee Shimek. Discussion will include a short history of the medium, techniques and tools used, and reflections from artists on their experiences with the process.
The good news is that the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has asked me to teach my Introduction to Polymer Photogravure class once again this autumn. The even better news is that this time it’s for eight weeks instead of six. This means not only more class time, but more out of class access too, because students are allowed to work in the print studio as long as a class isn’t using the space.
Polymer photogravure is a non-toxic and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process. I’ve been working with this process for nearly 20 years now, and giving workshops in it for the last 10, and it’s a process that can yield beautiful, tactile prints from photographs, whether the original starts as a digital file or film.
More information and a basic outline of the process can be found on my website here, otherwise the class is on MCAD’s website here.
This edition is hand printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Etching using Charbonnel inks. All prints are numbered, titled, dated and signed on the reverse, and signed and numbered on the front.
Payment is handled securely by Shopify and allows you the choice of paying either with a credit card or a PayPal account. All prints will be packed securely and shipped within 1-2 days via USPS Priority Mail.
Prints are unmatted and unframed.
Title: Dust Storm, near Saguaro National Park, Arizona
Medium: Hand-pulled polymergravure print
Dimensions: 4.5″ x 10″ image
Paper: 11″ x 14″ Hahnemühle paper
Edition: 10 (plus proofs)
Price: $225 (plus sales tax for MN residents)
Shipping: $9 Anywhere within the US (USPS Priority Mail)