Photogravure 2-day Workshop with Karen Hymer

Art Intersection encourages creative individuals to take their work to the next level through programs and facilities in which they learn, create, and exhibit. Three galleries showcase art from emerging and established artists and a workplace is available for individuals to create their own art.

On Saturday, July 24th and Sunday, July 25th there will be a two-day workshop students will learn the art of photopolymer gravure printing. Using light-sensitive steel-backed Solarplates, participants will create 4″ x 5″ and 6″ x 8″ gravure etching prints from their photographs. This environmentally friendly process translates photographic detail into ink on paper with unparalleled beauty.

No prior experience with printmaking is required. All necessary aspects of printmaking will be discussed including choosing inks, papers, and wiping material. Wiping and inking techniques will be covered. Be prepared to marvel at the way your photograph is transformed through ink on paper.

Here is a brief outline of the process that will be presented in this workshop:

  • A transparency positive will be made from your photograph
  • The positive is then placed on top of the light sensitive polymer plate and exposed to UV light
  • Washing the plate in water etches the image onto the plate
  • Once hardened, the plate is hand inked using water-soluble intaglio inks
  • The inked plate is then run through an etching press onto dampened paper

Karen Hymer is an artist and educator based out of Silver City, New Mexico. For the past seven years she has ventured into the world of printmaking – exploring imagery in the form of photopolymer gravures. Her current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Hymer’s richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. The decontextualized close-ups of the body and decaying plants reveal a poetic beauty in these often over-looked subjects.

Here you can watch The Beauty of Ink on Paper: Photopolymer Gravure printing to get a preview of Karen’s process!

This workshop is full but please email or call if you wish to be placed on a wait list! More info on the website!

Photo: Alan_Fitzgerald

Date and Time: Saturday, July 24, 10am – 5pm / Sunday, July 25, 10am- 4pm
Instructor: Karen Hymer
Phone: (480) 361-1118

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