I finally approached my curriculum director about funding and was told that the school would cover the cost of the workshop if I would cover travel expenses. Great! My husband encouraged
|"Fragile Slumber" My first Intaglio-type print.|
We would start our days early in the morning and most of us would work late into the night, experimenting with the new materials and the day’s latest process. I for one was always fooled into thinking it wasn’t as late as it seemed to be because - hey - it was still really light outside. That is until I found myself walking back to the hotel and realized it was 11:30 at night!
|"Bathtub Virgins" included in "Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking"|
This was a heady time, early on in the whole non-toxic movement; a time of great discoveries happening every day as printmakers explored these new materials and processes. We would learn the basics from Keith and then see how far we could push the process. The photopolymer film we were using in this workshop, a predecessor to today’s ImagOn, was made by Dupont and called Riston. So many possibilities for printmaking: the range of mark making, the ease and speed with which intaglio plates and images could be made at less cost than that of traditional materials, and best of all, without the need to be exposed to hazardous acids and solvents. This contemporary approach to printmaking really did open up a whole new world of printmaking possibilities. I couldn’t wait to get back to school and begin converting my classroom to a non-toxic studio and sharing this new information with my students.