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)
Lately, the emphasis around here has been on polymergravure. For six weeks I taught an introductory class in the process as part of the Continuing Education programme at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) with 12 students. Above is a quick iPhone panorama of the printmaking studio at MCAD with many of the students.
During one session we had John Pearson, a Highpoint co-op member, come in to show and talk about his beautiful two and three colour polymergravure prints. John, who incorporates many traditional intaglio techniques into his work such as dry point, spit bite and aquatint, took one of my workshops at Highpoint a couple of years ago and has really embraced the polymer process and is producing some amazing prints.
As well as this wonderful printshop they also have a great darkroom specifically for the polymer process which I helped set up a while back. I’m hoping that the class will be run again in the Autumn, and it’s looking likely that it will, so sign up for my infrequent newsletter to receive updates. Below are just three of the images that the students printed as small editions.
I’m making this image, The Empire State Building (from the Brooklyn Bridge), the next edition in my irregular series of Small Print Offers. There’s no deadline to order by but there are only 10 prints in the edition. The last print offer before this, Dark Matter XI, was in an edition of 15 and sold out fast.
For more information and the option to buy, head over to this page.