Embrace the excitement and complexity of designing, printing, and binding a limited edition artist’s book using drypoint images for the visual narrative and letterpress for the title page and colophon.
Jun 19, 2023 - Jun 23, 2023
Workshop Fee: $1350
Class Size: 8
Guided by Rebecca Goodale, this 5 day intensive will embrace the excitement and complexity of designing, printing, and binding a limited edition artist’s book using drypoint images for the visual narrative and letterpress for the title page and colophon.
Drypoint is a printmaking technique similar to intaglio without the etching. Instead, the marks are incised into the plate with a hard-pointed scribe or needle made of hard metal or a diamond tip. This scratched mark leaves a furrow of a raised and recessed material that holds the ink.
Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or plexiglass are also commonly used. We will be using the latter which makes translating your drawings and reference material easier through the clear plate. Drypoint is easier to master than engraving; if you can draw or write you can create a plate that can be inked and printed in multiples. An edition of 2 or 3 books is the goal for the week, with the possibility of experimenting with variable multiple-hand coloring, chine collé, and a la poupée. Handset type and letterpress can be used to add text and other visual elements.
All images by Rebecca Goodale.
Instructor: Rebecca Goodale
For the past twenty years, Rebecca Goodale has been creating a series of artist’s books about Maine’s rare plants and animals. Recently she has been revisiting her training as a textile designer by employing that aesthetic and various printmaking techniques to create large-scale repeatable patterns. Rebecca has taught Book Arts and Design at the University of Southern Maine for 4 decades. Her work is in many collections including the Maine Women Writers Collection at UNE, Bowdoin College Library, Herron Art Library at IUPUI, Boston Athenaeum, Yale University, Harvard University, the Library of Congress, and the Portland Museum of Art.