Because of the coarser nature of wood in comparison to stone or metal plate, fine detail cannot always be retained, so this process would suit those who have a more experimental approach to image-making, embracing and working with the natural properties of the wood.
The grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, becoming stronger with each subsequent print, and ‘filling in’ until white becomes muddy and the block is no longer usable. Editions of anything from 3 – 15 can be produced from one block, depending on the individual properties of the wood used, the drawn image, the processing and the printing. Blocks cannot usually be re-printed.
Kate will guide you through this fascinating technique with a hands-on, experimental approach, providing examples, instruction and advice throughout. The aim of the course is to gain a good understanding of the process and to create a small run of prints from your own plywood block, and to give you the confidence to carry on using the technique in your own practice.
Maximum 9 people
Kate is a guest tutor at Hot Bed Press. We invite Kate for some specialist courses like Plywood litho and plate lithography. She currently works from her studio in West Yorkshire, teaches printmaking classes at various UK venues, and is Print Studio Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop.