Led by Marcy Palmer, learn the intricate processes of Cliché Verre and Orotones, exploring the innovative hands-on techniques used to transform your images into captivating works of art.

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Guided by Marcy Palmer, learn various approaches to the alternative processes of cliché-verre, and the contemporary approaches to orotones (the use of silver and gold leaf) to your photographs or artist books.  These unusual and special processes can open a world of possibilities in your art-making.  We will discuss these historical processes used in art and how they can be modernized with currently available resources and mediums. 

Midnight Nosegay - By Marcy Palmer

Cliché-verre is French for “glass plate” and is a type of semi-photographic printmaking. In the mid-1800s, this process was popular with the Barbizon School for landscape prints. The orotone technique was developed in the late 1800s and used gold powder in a solution to create gold-colored photographs.  Modern approaches to these processes will be explored to create transformative visuals.

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Our week will be spent discussing historical and contemporary examples of these processes, creating new images, editing images, working on each of these techniques with demonstrations and exercises, and providing feedback through individual and group critiques.  Join the fun and discover some new approaches to making art!

Supplies for students to bring to campus:

  • Silver or gold transfer leaf of your choice – some will be available for students to use, however, if there are specific tones that you prefer, or if you would like to use more silver or gold leaf than is available for the exercises, please bring your own.  Approximately 4 sheets will cover a 4×6 inch image, 8-9 sheets will cover a 7×9 inch image.  Booklets of 25 sheets or more can be ordered.  Please be sure it is transfer leaf, not loose leaf (loose leaf is a different process).
  • Digital images you made or a camera, card reader, charged batteries, and memory card to make new images to print/use
  • A way to save/archive digital images that you make (USB device, cloud storage, etc.)
  • If you have an existing project that you would like to add these processes to, please feel free to bring that (such as an artist book in process, a series of prints, etc.).  If not, that’s ok too.
  • Black and white darkroom paper if there is a specific type that you like to use.  There will be some available for exercises.
  • If you have supplies that you like to use for drawing and/or painting, please bring those.
  • Sketchbook/journal

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The Ballet - By Marcy Palmer

All images copyright Marcy Palmer.

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Instructor: Marcy Palmer

Marcy Palmer grew up in the foothill region of the Adirondack Mountains in the historic city, Saratoga Springs, NY.  As a child, she spent time exploring the outdoors which fueled her imagination and play.  

Marcy’s work explores themes of beauty, history, and social justice through the lens of photo history, nature, and science.  She often approaches her work with questions that relate to research and considerations of how the materials in the work can further communicate her ideas. Integrating various approaches to image-making from contemporary to historical practices, Marcy is particularly influenced by the earliest practitioners of photography and the Surrealist and Bauhaus movements.

Marcy has an M.F.A. in Photography & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a B.S. in Studio Art from Skidmore College.  Her work has been exhibited at various spaces including The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Photographic Art, The Griffin Museum of Photography, The Ogden Museum of Art, and other spaces.  Her work has been written about in Lenscratch, The Boston Globe Sunday edition, D Magazine, and other publications.  Marcy released a book with Yoffy Press titled “You Are Eternity, You Are the Mirror” which was chosen as a Photo-Eye 2020 favorite photobook, The Luupe’s Favorite Woman-Made Books of the Year, and Deep Red Press’s Favorite Photobooks.  She lives and works in Dallas, TX.