Audrey Feltham and Atelier West Printshop
Atelier West offers one-on-one instruction at the printshop for artists interested in learning printmaking, or interested in increasing their printmaking knowledge and experience.
In addition to instruction, Atelier West also offers printing services for artists who would like to produce an edition of prints, but are not interested in actually printing the matrixes themselves. Prices for printing services are available by contacting the artist Audrey Feltham. Generally the cost is 10% of the resale price of the entire edition, but this may vary depending on complexity of the image, and the number of matrixes involved in printing.
One on One Instruction:
Audrey Feltham offers one on one instruction in relief, collograph, monoprinting, intaglio and sillicone lithography. Instruction is usually at least 5 complete days in order to completely understand the rudiments of the medium chosen. Participants are responsible for material costs and paper. Atelier West provides inks and instruction. The cost of instruction is currently at $450.00 a week plus HST for a 5 day instruction, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. The studio is only able to accommodate one person adequately in addition to the instructor. Participants are responsible for their own transportation and for accommodation. There are several B&B sites very near the printshop.
Community Workshop Instruction:
Atelier West travels! We have a portable printing press and are willing to travel to your community to offer printshop instruction to interested groups or individuals. The group can be a mixed age group, or children or adults/seniors. We instruct in community situations using environmentally friendly inks and clean up. No solvents. Cost of the workshop depends on the number of days of instruction, but normally the workshop would be a Friday evening, all day Saturday and a Sunday morning. Participants of the workshop would be required to purchase their materials through Atelier West and the cost would vary depending on the medium of instruction.
Instructional fees are based on the Carfac National rate which is $1200.00 for the 3 days, plus one day preparation fee of $300 for a total of $1500.00 instructional fee. In addition, mileage rate is based on the government rate of $.38 per km. A per diem of $30.00/day is also charged for meals. Accommodation is the responsibility of the community group, but Atelier West has in the past been amenable to billeting.
Instruction in Fabric Lamination to Paper:
This process is ancient and has its origins in the Orient. Although a relatively straightforward process once you understand the technical nature of paper and fabric, it does require that you know and understand the materials. The process is an involved one with several steps which require time sequencing. As a result the participants should be willing to free up at least three days for the workshop.
Students should be prepared to bring with them the fabric that they wish to laminate to the paper and the paper they wish to use (it should be rag printmaking paper preferably with at least two deckle edges. Do not bring paper that is heavily dyed.... it may bleed in the lamination process). Students should also realize that the drying time for this process can be quite long, particularly if the weather is humid. It is absolutely essential that the final result is completely dry before the papers are removed from the weights. It is possible that you may have to leave your final papers here and have them shipped back to you (at your expense) after the workshop.
FABRIC: You may choose to laminate silk, or fine devore fabrics. What you wish to accomplish with the lamination will, to a large part, determine the fabric you wish to use. Fabric that has been laminated can then be overprinted using serigraph, lithography, and relief. If you wish to have etching incorporated into the textile area, you should do this process first before you laminate because the textile needs to be damp in order to correctly transfer the etching. Dampening the paper after the lamination process will weaken the paste bond and the fabric may lift from the paper. If your fabric has been predyed, you must ensure that the dyes are adequately set so they do not bleed when wet. This is your responsibility!! You may also pre-print your fabric using any printmaking mediums, but the inks should be thoroughly dry so that they do not bleed when damp.
ARCHIVAL NATURE OF THE PROCESS: This process is completely archival and uses wheat starch paste which you will learn to make yourself. It is the same paste that has been used for thousands of years and is used in museums and galleries for conservation purposes.
DO YOU NEED A PRESS: No. The lamination process itself does not require a press. This is done by hand, and the pressure exerted on the fabric and the paper is done through putting weight on the papers as they dry. This is something you can do relatively easily in your own home.
WORKSHOP INSTRUCTION TIMETABLE:
1. Day one: Preparing the fabric for lamination. Understanding grain of both paper and fabric. Preparing the wheat paste for use in lamination. This will include cooking the paste, gelling the paste, and then final preparation for use.
2. Day two: Preparing a registration plate for lamination. Applying the paste to the fabric and then final lamination of the fabric to paper. Stacking the paper under weights for drying down. The paper will have to be watched over several hours and interleaving papers changed regularly to facilitate proper drying of the lamination.
3. Day three: Continued attention to the drying of the papers. Interleaving papers changed at regular two hour intervals during the day. During this day you can also prepare a batch of paste to take with you if you wish. You will do this preparation entirely on your own, with minimal supervision so that you know you can do this successfully. Requires ability to measure accurately and to gauge textures and transparency in cooking.
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:
Rag printing paper
fabric for lamination (check with ATELIER WEST BEFOREHAND TO ENSURE THAT THE FABRIC IS SUITABLE)
COST: $450.00 FOR 3 DAY INSTRUCTION. Applicants must be prepared to find their own accommodation and must pay for their own travel.