2019 Photogravure Workshop with Jennifer Page
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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:
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 $875 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 airbnb.com 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 Photogravure, Photo Etching and QuadtoneRIP Calibration is available for $800 per day, plus materials, 9am-5pm with a 2 day minimum for photogravure and 1 day for the other processes.
I can also travel to your studio to teach.
Golden Silk Spider 8.5 x 11.5" Jennifer Page ©2011
Ibis 4.2 x 5.2" Jennifer Page ©2012