Would you like to combine your two passions of photography and printmaking but not sure how? Looking for ways to explore the artistic possibilities of photomontage in both analogue and digital ways?
Contemporary digital technologies allow the artist even more scope to alter and stitch together imagery. For the printmaker, the ability to work from a photographic starting point the artistic potential of the multiple and the use of layers, extends the creative opportunities of photomontage.
Since the invention of photography rendered the realistic depiction of our world invalid, artists have collaged photographs in order to present unique and imagined worlds. Artists such as Hannah Hoch, John Stezaker, and Lorna Simpson have used photomontage to depict the unconscious mind, subvert reality and pose political comment. For many years artist and WYPW tutor Claire Hynds has exploited these prospects through her polymer gravure imagery. Through taking photographs of modernist architecture, dissecting, transposing and juxtaposing to construct space, create false perspective and visual boundaries, she challenges the viewers sense of space. This unique course, developed exclusively for WYPW, provides an insight into her methodology and the links between the photographic and the printed image.
Working from both paper based and digital starting points, this two-part, two-day workshop explores the artistic opportunities of photomontage in relation to printmaking. The course will provide strategies to investigate the tactile and digital manipulation of imagery, to reveal the impact of shape, line, texture, composition, scale and type, as well as exploit the potential of print processes (such as screen-print or photo-etching) as a tool for creative exploration.
As part of a small group of students you will be able to ask questions throughout the weekend and your tutor Claire will be on hand and able to advise on tips and inspire, giving you the support and knowledge you need to explore the many possibilities that working with photography as part of your printmaking practice will provide.
This workshop will be taught in two-part parts (day one and and day two) and is designed to initiate an investigation into the creative possibilities of photomontage through the medium of printmaking.
Historical and contemporary references will support a critique of the process before participants explore the practical application of photomontage using both analogue and digital media.
On this course you will;
- Explore the context of photomontage in relation to contemporary and historical practice
- Establish a lexicon of images and materials from which to explore the possibilities of using photomontage in future printmaking projects
- Develop practical skills assembling photomontage imagery by hand and using image manipulation software
By the end of the workshop you will have imagery that can be taken into print room to be developed using the process of your choice, be it screen-printing, lithography or photographic intaglio techniques such as polymer gravure or photoetching.
Your tutor: Claire Hynds
Claire Hynds is a fine artist specialising in printmaking, her work combines drawing and photography with traditional and digital print techniques to create hand printed, limited edition prints and books. With a particular interest in etching, Claire’s research is focused on urban environments, more specifically the changing aspects and views one experiences when moving through an urban space. Inspired by the brute concrete architecture of London landmarks such as the Barbican and South Bank Centre, a multitude of images are brought together using photography, collage and printmaking methods to impart the surfaces, textures and angles experienced when observing such buildings.
Claire has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally; she was shortlisted Flourish Award for Excellence in Printmaking in 2017 and was previously a recipient of the Printmakers Council Prize.
Claire has work in permanent collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Printmakers Council Archive and the National Museum and Gallery of Wales. See more of Claire’s work via her website.
- Beginner / Intermediate.
What should people prepare beforehand?
- Our online workshops will be delivered over Zoom so you’ll need to have a computer with internet access and a suitable space to work such as a table or kitchen work surface.
- Stock images will be supplied (if required) so you will need to download and print these off or if you’d prefer to use your own inspiration, please collect a selection of imagery from which to work, both as hard copies and digital files.
- Day 1 materials – Cutting tools e.g. scalpel, metal ruler, cutting board, scissors. Printed photographic imagery.
- Day 2 materials – Access to Adobe Photoshop or alternative free, open-source image manipulation software such as GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Digital copies of your photographic imagery (or downloaded stock files).
After attending this course you might wish to sign up to a face to face course in one of the associated processes discussed during the weekend workshop – you can browse our course programme here: https://wypw.org/product-category/courses/
If you already have some printmaking knowledge and want to explore your new found skills you could join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending a course with us you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.