The Alternative Print Workshop is proud to announce an exciting new range of Bookbinding workshops with Master Bookbinder Alan Jeffrey. Numerous binding methods are available to the aspiring bookbinder and great care was taken in designing this foundational workshop. Follow-up workshops covering a range of different and advanced bookbinding techniques will soon be announced.
Linocut is a relief printmaking technique similar to woodcut. An image is created by carving into a sheet of linoleum with appropriate linocut tools. The surface of the carved plate is then inked with a brayer and impressed onto paper by hand burnishing or with an etching press. Famed artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse used this process in their own practice.
Copper is a relatively malleable metal, and thus can be abused and shaped in various ways without the use of an acid bath. In the drypoint workshop we explore the use of various tools to make marks on Copper plates manually. The plates are then inked up with the help of Bingham’s ‘trade secrets’, and printed onto cotton paper.
Etching a Copper plate by creating linear marks through a waxy ground (and submerging the plate in Ferric Chloride) is referred to as ‘hard ground etching’. Tone is introduced by etching through a partial ground (aquatint) to varying depths. The etched plate is inked up and printed on cotton paper. The combination of Hardground and Aquatint constitutes the ‘classic’ etching.
Mandy Coppes-Martin introduces the age old technique of paper-making by hand. In this hands-on one day workshop Mandy will introduce you to hand-beating a locally sourced fibre called Milkweed. Milkweed fibre is similar to the Japanese Kozo fibre used for Eastern Style Paper-making methods. Participants will learn how to steam, beat, and cast sheets of pure milkweed paper.