Photopolymer printing classes

'Arty cat' by Annie Day

'Arty cat' by Annie Day

Learn a non-toxic and environmentally-friendly method to create an etching of your choice at Milk Factory classes.

Creations in ink: Ali Matteini (nee Boyd) using the press at one of the Milk Factory Gallery printmaking classes held by Annie Day and Robin Ezra. Photo: supplied

Creations in ink: Ali Matteini (nee Boyd) using the press at one of the Milk Factory Gallery printmaking classes held by Annie Day and Robin Ezra. Photo: supplied

The Printmaking Sisters, Robin Ezra and Annie Day, will host a number of photopolymer printmaking classes to teach the public how to design these artworks.

Annie said participants would learn how to prepare their artwork on a computer, make a transparency, then make and ink a plate to produce the prints.

“Photopolymer printmaking is where a plate, with a thick steel backing coated in a light sensitive photopolymer, is exposed to ultra violet light to harden and reveal the etched surface,” she said.

“The plate can be used for relief and intaglio printmaking, and are sometimes called sun plates or solar plates.”

The sisters have been practicing and teaching this method in Australia and Italy for more than 20 years.

Annie said she enjoyed this form of printmaking because the end result was a particularly beautiful print.

“The artist gets a lovely etched plate with plenty of tone quickly and easily,” she said.

The classes will cover advanced topics such as optimal image preparation, inking and using colour successfully.

The inking technique known as ‘a la poupee’  – an intaglio printmaking technique for using different ink colours with a ball-shaped wad of fabric – will also be covered.

A laser printer will be used to make the transparencies and participants will need to bring a latop with Photoshop installed. If you need Photoshop, contact the sisters.

Annie Day has been an advocate of safer, healthier and environmentally-friendly printmaking techniques for more than a decade, and has taught her techniques in the UK, Florence and Australia. She has been involved in projects both in Australia and internationally.

Robin Ezra has taught alongside her sister at The Rodd in Britain and at their inaugural printmaking workshop at Il Bisonte, Florence, in 2010. She returns to Italy each year to teach this workshop.

Classes cost $95 and will be held from 10.00am to 4.00pm each day from January 17 to January 21 at the Milk Factory Gallery, 31 Station Street, Bowral.

Participants can take part in as many classes as they wish.

If you are interested, email robin@annieday.com.au or visit www.annieday.com.au/. For more information regarding the Milk Factory Gallery, visit www.milkfactorygallery.com.au/

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