This course will introduce participants to the unique properties of photopolymer, a water-based photosensitive plate adapted for relief and intaglio techniques. You will be introduced to each stage of the process including how to prepare and output images, testing and selecting exposure times, and developing, etching and printing from the plate.
Although this course will provide a comprehensive guide to using this technique a basic knowledge of Photoshop software and knowledge of the intaglio process is required in order to make the most of this process.
Each stage of the process is introduced through a demonstration. Students are encouraged to explore the creative possibilities of these approaches throughout the session.
Claire Hynds is a London based printmaker who has exhibited throughout London and the UK and has work in collections at the V&A and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. A lecturer at Kensington and Chelsea College, Claire divides her time between this and her studio at the East London Printmakers, Hackney.
With a particular interest in etching, Claire’s research has largely been focused on an investigation into portraiture. Using both traditional printmaking techniques and new developments in photomechanical intaglio printmaking, she created an extensive body of work that questions traditional notions within this genre. The pinnacle of this research is a series of large-scale photogravures that explore the rich blacks and subtle hues this process offers.
Personal Website https://www.clairehynds.co.uk
Photo by Bruce Tanner