Sunday, September 22, 2013

Teaching at Zygote Press: Non-toxic weekend workshop

Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to teach a class in Cleveland at Zygote Press and spread the word about nitric-acid free and solvent-free goodness. I demonstrated etching with the copper-sulfate salt-etch solution and showed Andrew Baldwin's BIG ground and Caligo water-soluble inks. It was such a great class! And thanks a million to director Liz Maugans for setting this all up.

The night I arrive in their residency space above the printshop- called Z-Pass, it's where they host all of their visiting artists, often from around the world.

looking out over downtown Cleveland, with the Ohio Arts Council neon reflected in the window

My lovely little room for the evening- there is another bedroom for 2 down the hall

Goodmorning Z-Pass!

This great print was on the fridge- yessiree, I believe it is!

The main door- now it's time to go down and teach!

First I have everyone degrease their plate with yes, SOY SAUCE! It works just as well as whiting, heck- even better! And with less mess (I sound like a salesperson, don't I?)

Seeing what it's like to draw through BIG ground

Now it's time to watch the magic happen!

The class plate with BIG etches in the copper sulfate bath- for some reason the bath is a bit more green in Cleveland- something in the water, perhaps?

Now for some Z*Acryl stop-out and drawing in a few more lines

Removing BIG ground with both Soy Solve II (on left) and D*Solve. They both work, but Soy is a little greasier

Lisa cranks our first proof through the American French Tool press

Ooh, what have we got?

Cool, there's our group print! Love the imagery- bunny, coffee, fish, socks and a smelly banana

Meanwhile, Christi the shop manager has lots of other projects going on. Here she heats a rosin aquatint on a plate.

She and Nicole are also team-screenprinting for a commission. Busy ladies! Enough for one day. Tomorrow will be the main work session for the class to etch their plates.

Nothing like waking up to a printshop in the morning!

Isn't it peaceful?

Lisa makes a wonderful little diagram about drypoint lines

And look, she is also Zygotian of the year with a special Rubylith ribbon

Nice PR!

I also like Zygote's wall of announcements plus they have the Tiger Lily print calendar hanging up- hooray!

Nice shop space as well, next to the gallery- which had a wonderful show going on- Cleaveland. Sorry I didn't get to document!

Now it's time for everyone to start throwing plates into the bath.

I try yet anther experiment re-grounding a plate with BIG ground. I am trying the advice of Zea Mays, carding it deep into the lines, then rolling on top and heat-setting for a bit extra time.

Ok, it really LOOKS covered!

Darn, I can see that the etch is still getting through a bit. Hmmm…still need to figure this out!

Okay, lunch break time!! We walk right down the street to Superior Pho, where folks apparently come from Oberlin in busloads just to eat there!

Lots of folks get the bubble tea. I had pho and Vietnamese iced coffee, yum!

Back to class, everyone is in a printing frenzy!

Lots of activity at the inking table. Oh, and by the way, everyone was using traditional liquid hardground and oil-based inks, just etching with the copper sulfate solution. Hopefully we will all move to water-soluble materials as well- I just brought them for show.

In the meantime, I have to laugh at this wonderful studio signage created by Kate

Truth be told, do NOT trifle with it!

Now Kate pulls her series of small prints

Checking them out with Lisa- looks lovely!

Allison's lovely print

she shows me sketches in her notebook as well

based on an awesome abandoned house!

Rebecca shows me how they aquatint at Zygote

They got this awesome box built by some fellows in Jersey

Ready to melt on the hotplate!

Lisa's tree print- first stage of etching done!

And Rebecca's fish, ready to etch the aquatint

Group photo time- such a great class everyone!!

And many accolades to Christi the shop manager, who worked very hard to make it all happen. So all best and lets make the print world a little greener!

Bye bye Cleveland- fun times and sure hope to come back soon!

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