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In this intermediate/advanced direct-to-plate photopolymer gravure class, we’ll continue to hone your plate creation and hand-wiping skills, and put them to use with larger plates, an assortment of papers, and a variety of new techniques.
Expect to think about and experiment with both contemporary and historical tonal ranges, the addition of color via ink or paper, and working with multiplate images and multiple plates in a single print. Techniques taught will be a variety of chine-collé methods, a la poupée inking, modified viscosity printing (rollover), and multi-plate printing.
We’ll spend more time on the perfection of the final print than was able to be addressed in the introductory workshop (where we concentrate on inking and hand-wiping — the image itself rather than the whole print), and will work on finer points like perfect image placement on the paper, pristine plate edges, deckled edges, watermarks, and duplicating a “look” from print to print.
Troubleshooting and problem-solving are always a part of these workshops, and we’ll use them to stretch ourselves a bit, learn some new things, and have a good time.
This workshop is recommended for those who have worked with Jeanne in the past: either privately, or in the Beginning Photopolymer Gravure – Direct to Plate workshop.
Instructor: Jeanne Wells
Photographer Jeanne Wells was born and raised on the Maine coast, where she has lived most of her life. She studied literature and writing at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Wells uses all forms and formats of cameras. She is self-taught in film and darkroom work, and has also studied wet collodion with Mark Osterman and Keliy Anderson-Staley. Well’s work is collected and exhibited internationally. Over the years she has been published in many contemporary photo magazines, has been awarded a merit prize from Black and White magazine, and has been a top 200 Critical Mass finalist. In 2018 her work was features in Polymer Photogravure, by Clay Harmon. Jeanne teaches and works at her studio, Things of This World Press, in Aroostook County, Maine. Her early life in both music and poetry continue to influence and inspire her visual work.