Illustration Becomes Letterpress :: Scratch Negative Techniques

$ 160.00

August 6th, 2017 10:00 AM

  • Instructor: Lara Durback
  • Workshop Type: Printing, Arts
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 6th, 2017 10:00 AM
  • Workshop End: August 6th, 2017 3:00 PM
  • Sessions: 1
Use your illustration skills to scratch onto a film negative. Turn your drawing into a polymer plate to print on letterpress. You can get unbelievable line quality from this style of custom image-making without ever using a computer!

 We will make a book out of one folded sheet, sampling the hand-drawn images from participants in the class. We will scratch directly onto a film negative and make our own polymer plates:  raised plastic relief plates to print directly on the flatbed cylinder press. We will use SFCB’s platemaker to create our own plates through a photopolymer process. No letterpress experience is necessary, but those more experienced in letterpress may find this to be a satisfying way of direct image-making, with a different line quality and more versatility than linoleum carving. And you never need to use a computer! Students can take home their own plate to use over and over in the future. 

Materials to Bring: a 2” x 2” drawing to trace, unless students want to quickly hand-draw something. There will be the option to also excerpt from larger drawings.

Optional: Etching needles, awls and other scratching tools are helpful but not necessary.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $160.00

Date & Time: Sunday, August 6, 2017 :: 10am-3pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Lara Durback

Lara Durback teaches letterpress classes that integrate the use of foraged materials at the San Francisco Center for the Book. She has worked as the Studio Director of the Book Art Studio at Mills College. She especially enjoys fixing Vandercooks. Lara taught a letterpress course at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program, and gave a talk on printing at SFMOMA's Shop Talk series. You can see her printing and/or writing work in Drift MagazineMrs. MaybeBombay Gin, the UK journal Hi Zero, and The Artist's Book Yearbook 2012-13Tripwire, and her archiving work at is external). In 2013, with designer Andrew Kenower, she produced the letterpress publication Field WorkPoems on the Occasion of Mark diSuvero at Crissy Field for SFMOMA. 

Past Student Reviews:

“The hands-on experience was great!”

“Lara was a great instructor and it was a fun group”

“Great host, inviting atmosphere, incredible equipment”


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