The Covid-19 pandemic stopped us from traveling for residencies and workshops and we have missed the connections these experiences provide artists to discover, learn and cross-pollinate. Luckily, in our interconnected virtual world we can travel by ZOOM from the comfort of our homes and we are thrilled to present the first Zea Mays Printmaking sponsored Virtual World Tour!
Over the course of ten weeks we visited different printmaking artists and print shops all around the world and recorded each demonstration, tour and Q&A session. Each artist/studio on the tour has a connection to Zea Mays Printmaking and is part of the worldwide community of artists interested in safer and more sustainable printmaking.
Recordings can be purchased individually for $35 or as a bundle for $250.
Demonstration 1: Hand Printed Monotype with Ilse Pahl, Charcoal Screenprint Monotype with Nico Ras and Studio Tour with Rene Mathibe
Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg, South Africa Duration: 63 minutes
APS teacher Ilse Pahl demonstrates how to use found materials such as potatoes and fallen leaves in conjunction with existing ephemera (old book pages, misprints, etc). A no-press, kitchen table process that can be done at home! Nico Ras, a graduate student at University of Johannesburg and frequent guest teacher at Artist Proof demonstrates a technique that uses charcoal dust and an exposed silkscreen to create delicate, ethereal monotypes. Rene Mathibe, Education Manager, takes us on a tour of the space and introduces us to the Pro Shop and some of the projects they have printed.
Demonstration 2: Non-Traditional Photopolymer Intaglio with Kate Baillies
Alberta Printmakers, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Duration: 77 minutes
Kate’s demonstration takes a walk on the spontaneous side as she guides us through the process of how to create painterly, richly textured images directly on a photopolymer plate. She covers the stages of photopolymer plate preparation, making an image by drawing and making texture directly on the prepared plate, and the development of the image through light exposure and water wash out. There are also some fun options for introducing drawing and texture after the development stage of the image which she introduces.
Demonstration 3: DIY Soft Ground with Marnix Everaert
Academy for Visual Arts, Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes
During Marnix’s demonstration, he shows us how to prepare a do-it-yourself soft ground for etching based upon two simple ingredients that are available everywhere. He also demonstrates how to apply the ground, etch and print. He focuses on clean-up and how to use as little water as possible for the job. In addition to the demonstration, Marnix gives us a tour of the printmaking studio at the Academy for Visual Arts in Ghent.
Demonstration 4: Experimental Etching Resists for Copper Sulfate Mordant with Hanah Williams
University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 73 minutes
In this demonstration, Hanah presents etching resist techniques on aluminum in a copper sulfate mordant. Resists include oil-based paint marker, experimental applications of BIG ground and litho crayon. Using different materials as resists gives artists the opportunity to experiment with mark making, texture and shape. Resists can be applied intuitively and provide the freedom to develop new ways of working and image making.
Demonstration 5: Collagraph with Alessia de Bortoli
Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes
Collagraph is a very enjoyable printmaking technique, allowing diverse means of artistic expression. It uses simple materials such as cardboard, paper, tapes, textures, and carborundum grit to create plates that can be inked and printed in a myriad of ways. Alessia shows us how to create a collagraph plate and the procedure for printing it both as an intaglio and a relief print, using an etching press. She shares collagraph prints made at the Scuola that illustrate the range of possibilities of this process. We also get a guided tour of the fantastic studios at the Scuola and learn a little about the programs they offer for international artists.
Demonstration 6: Community Conversation about Internation Printmaking Opportunities
Moderated by Liz Chalfin, Zea Mays Printmaking
Duration: 78 minutes
Get to know your international community as instructors and participants share their print travel experiences. Joining this conversation are be Kim Berman, Founding Director of Artist Proof Studio, Roberta Feoli, Printshop Manager at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, and tour stop presenters Alessia De Bertoli, Shichio Minato, Andrew Baldwin, Marnix Everaert, Hanah Williams and Kate Baillies.
Demonstration 7: BIG Ground and Instant Coffee with Andrew Baldwin
Trefeglyws Printmakers, Llanidloes, Powys, Mid Wales, UK
Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Andrew demonstrates the many innovative and exciting ways that BIG etching ground can be used to create non-toxic etchings. Discover how you can replace the traditional sugar lift using instant coffee and create beautiful mezzotints using emery paper. He also shows us creative ways to achieve textures and patterns from items not usually capable of being transferred in the traditional soft ground approach such as the grain from a plank of wood or the entire body of a fish. There is also a tour of Trefeglwys Printmakers and the Welsh countryside that surrounds it.
Demonstraton 8: Developing New Etching Grounds with Shichio Minato
University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan
Duration: 66 minutes
The University of Fukui in Japan, under Professor Shichio Minato's leadership, has been working on research and development of solvents/cleaners and grounds using rice or soybean-derived materials. Using these techniques, the Printmaking Studio at the university is creating prints that are not only environmentally friendly, but beautiful and elegant.
Shichio gives a tour of both the studio at the University and his own compact studio at home. He then demonstrates how to use the safer liquid hard-ground techniques developed at the studio, as well as diving deep into the process that went into researching these exciting new methods.
Demonstration 9: Non-Darkroom Photo Etching with Liz Chalfin
Zea Mays Printmaking, Florence, Massachusetts, USA
Duration: 70 minutes
Join Liz as she demonstrates an easy, non-darkroom method of photo etching on metal plates. Beginning with a photocopy she shows us how to transfer the image to a metal plate, etch and print. This process removes the need for a darkroom and gives you an etched image that can be reworked with all of the etching methods we know and love. Liz takes us on a tour of Zea Mays Printmaking’s 6,000 sq. ft. studio housed in a former cutlery factory building from the mid-1800s that sits on the traditional land of the Pocomtuc and Nipmuc peoples.
All 9 stops on the Summer 2021 Virtual World Tour! Each stop on the tour includes a walkthrough of the studio, a technical demonstration and the opportunity to speak directly with the presenters during a live Q&A, all via Zoom. Duration 60-90 minutes. After each session, a video recording of the demonstration will be uploaded to the page, which you will be able to view as many times as you like. If you can...
Conversation featuring Kim Berman, Founding Director of Artist Proof Studio, Roberta Feoli, Printshop Manager at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, and tour stop presenters Alessia De Bertoli, Shichio Minato, Andrew Baldwin, Hanah Williams, Marnix Everaert and Kate Baillies.
Duration: 78 minutes