Cape Fear Press Etching Studio
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2023 Photogravure Workshops TBA

Photogravure is a process of etching continuous tones into copper with a sensitized gelatin pigment paper resist (aka carbon tissue) using a continuous tone positive and aquatint screen or dustgrain aquatint. The process was invented by William H. F. Talbot and Karl Klic in the late 1800s for archivally reproducing fine photographic prints. This process yields an etched plate that can be retouched and re-worked with any of the traditional etching processes. This is still the absolute best way to make a photographic intaglio plate for printing.

Jennifer Page, the owner of Cape Fear Press, was the first to test the Phoenix and Dragon Gravure tissues for fine art photogravure. She also holds a BFA in printmaking from ECU. Jennifer has developed several technical innovations to deal with all the variables and common problems encountered with gravure. Her process is visually intuitive while also calibrated and repeatable. Once the basic steps of gravure are fine tuned and mastered, the etching process opens itself up to becoming a meditative and transmutative act, becoming equally creative as the image making itself.

In this intensive 3 day workshop students will gain hands-on knowledge of:
• Digital image prep from scanned film or file with Photoshop on a Mac
• Calibrating print profiles for photogravure positives using QuadtoneRIP
• Printing positives using QuadtoneRIP on an Epson inkjet printer
• Direct gravure (drawings on frosted mylar) may also be used
• All aspects of tissue processing and etching
• Exposure calibration and sensitometry
• Steel facing the copper plate for durability
• Printing and wiping techniques, ink modifications and tips for editioning

Some advanced college fine arts courses (printmaking or photo) or professional photography experience is required. Basic knowledge of Photoshop is also recommended. Each student will etch one 8x10" plate (approx 7.5 x 9.5" after trimming) pulling several prints. The image that will be etched must be created by the student. Class size is just TWO students.

Come spend some time at the beach and learn the latest developments and techniques in a time tested medium that is unsurpassed!

Tuition: Photogravure workshop fee is $895 plus cost of paper and copper, approx $35. Reservations are made first come first serve with an e-mail and a 50% deposit via check. Deposits are non refundable and non-transferrable to another date if student cancels at any time. The balance of the workshop is due 2 weeks prior to the first day of class. Materials fees are tallied on the last day. Workshops run from 10am-5pm with a 1 hour break for lunch.

Transport & Accommodations: ILM International Airport is a half hour drive away. Taxi from ILM to CB is about $40. I recommend the Hamptin Inn, Courtyard Marriott or Golden Sands Motel for oceanfront accommodations. For more affordable lodging check out Beacon House Inn B&B, Sea Ranch Motel, Drifter's Reef Motel, Diane's Cottages on and the modern container houses on AirB&B. There are also several old school motels and cottages about 3 miles further south in Kure Beach (pronounced: cure-ee, not curry).


Private instruction for individuals in Photogravure, Photo Etching and QuadtoneRIP Calibration is available for $960 per day, plus materials, 9am-6pm with a 1 hour lunch break, 2 day minimum for photogravure and 1 day for the other processes.

I can also travel to your studio to teach. Travel costs may apply.
Basic requirements are:
Heavy duty etching press
UV unit with a single point light (not flourescents)
Climate control to maintain approximately 70F room temp and 50-60% relative humidity.
Mac computer with Photoshop and an Epson printer with a minimum of 6 inks.
Recommended but not required: QuadtoneRIP and QTR's Print Tool


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Golden Silk Spider 8.5 x 11.5" Jennifer Page 2011
Photogravure made with Phoenix Gravure, digital positive, PICCO dustgrain and IZOTE Bone Black.


Ibis 4.2 x 5.2" Jennifer Page 2012
Photogravure made with Phoenix Gravure, hextone digital positive, Cape Fear Analog Aquatint Screen, IZOTE Cowboy ink.

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