Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gelatin Plate Printing with Linda Germain

This weekend, with my studio mates from Lowell Fiber Studio, I took an all-day class in gelatin plate printing with Linda Germain in Haverhill, MA.

Label on a storage box

 Linda teaches by example, then lets you loose with a host of tools and toys, including gelatin plates old and new, stencils, found objects, and a variety of papers.

Tools, gelatin, plates and progress

How can you not be inspired when surrounded by drill presses, sewing machines, even a small in-progress airplane? The studio easily holds more treasures than the eye can take in. I wish I could learn how to use this. Or even just sit and draw it.

After Linda's initial demo, each of us sank into the process. 
We left with arm-loads of printed paper and fabric and minds full of ideas. 

promising results

 I spent the evening yesterday working back into less successful pieces, and experimenting with watercolor on gelatin plates - a wild variation on the theme.  

I recommend Linda Germain's classes wholeheartedly. Fnd current offerings here. 
Don't miss her generous library of videos.

Meanwhile, here's a piece that came out of my last class with Linda. 
Find it at the  Loading Dock Gallery, in the 50 under $50 show, through January 27.

1 comment:

Linda Germain said...

Thanks so much LInda. I was pleasantly surprised to see those studio pictures.