Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Upcoming Class- Gelatin Plate Printmaking

Gelatin Plate Printmaking
Tuesday August 11th, 6pm - 8:30pm

This method of printmaking was developed in the 1970s by Francis Merritt, who was co-founder and the first director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. The process replaces other traditional printing plates with gelatin; ink is painted or rolled directly onto the gelatin and prints are pressed and pulled by hand. Because there is no special equipment needed to press or pull prints, and gelatin and natural materials are readily available, this is an easy "take home" class- a method that is easy for students to learn and then experiment more on their own.

The class will cover a short history of the craft, the making of the gelatin and gathering of other materials, the printing process including basics and experimenting with found objects, storing and/or disposing of your gelatin plate, and different crafts you can do with this process. All materials will be provided in the supply fee.

$50 per person ($40 class fee plus $10 supply fee payable to instructor)

Instructor: Grace Kendall, Litchfield, ME
Grace is currently a stay-at-home mom and works from home as a printmaker and crafter. She sells printed paper goods on Etsy (cozink.etsy.com) as well as in selected stores in Maine. Grace currently has work hanging at Captive Elements Art House in Lewiston as part of their June show. She learned the gelatin plate printmaking method when she was a teenager and attended a workshop at Haystack. She's been printmaking for about 7 years.

Registration deadline: Wednesday August 5th!
Class is limited to 8 students so be sure to complete your registration early!

1 comment:

Sara Hopp Harper said...

That sounds like a fantastic workshop! I've never used gelatin for making prints- definitely going to have to look into that.