Hamilton at Home Workshop: Macy Chadwick - Secrets of Pressure Printing

Saturday, May 22 12:00 – 2:00pm CDT

Learn the methods and secrets behind Pressure Printing! In this one-day, virtual workshop, Macy Chadwick, will demonstrate how to create a low-relief collage to generate prints with atmospheric fields of color and texture. Pressure Printing is an image-making technique in which a flexible, textured collage “plate” is placed between the press sheet and the drum and then passed over a smooth, inked surface in the bed of the press. The highest parts of the collage “plate” will push the paper into the inked surface picking up the most ink, while the lowest parts of the collage will turn out lighter, or the white of the paper.

Date & Time:
Saturday, May 22, 12:00 – 2:00pm Central / 10:00am-12:00pm Pacific

Online via Zoom

Workshop Cost:

Materials List/Tools:
Instructor will discuss a detailed list of supplies for creating pressure prints after the workshop, but for the day of, students only need a sketchbook for taking notes.

Experience Level:
Students should have a basic understanding of printing and access to a letterpress to try out their new-found skills! Macy will demonstrate skills that will transfer to use on your press, but we will not be engaging your presses during this workshop.

What You’ll Need:
We recommend joining on a laptop, large tablet, or desktop computer with a microphone. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom. You are responsible for sourcing your own supplies from the materials list.

Macy Chadwick, is a professional artist with 25 years of experience in printmaking, letterpress and book arts. Macy received an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and assisted book artist Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press in Berkeley for three years. After fifteen years of teaching at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco Art Institute, and San Francisco Center for the Book, Macy moved to Petaluma, California, where she is the founder and director of In Cahoots Residency. Macy continues to create books and limited edition prints in her letterpress studio and her work is in prominent collections in the U.S. and abroad.

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