This 4 Day Workshop takes place at Cone Editions Press, Vermont. Cone Editions is the world’s first digital printmaking studio and the birthplace of Piezography. The workshop is led by Jon Cone, Walker Blackwell, and Dana Hillesland.
PiezoDN software has revolutionized digital negatives. PiezoDN produces two types of negatives: one that is perfectly linear to the medium, or one that is adaptively linear to the image on your display. You can be true to the medium, or produce prints that are true to the contrast of the image on your display. Because color inks in a supported Epson printer are replaced with 6 or more shades of Piezography ink, tens of thousands of more gray levels are produced in the film as well as much greater acuity than that found in digital negatives made with color inks.
The linearization system is easy to learn. A 129 patch target is contact printed and the measurements placed in the PiezoDN software which produces a perfect QTR curve for your medium. Contrast is not controlled by chemistry and you are free to use any chemistry you prefer. PiezoDN will linearize it. And if you choose to make a negative that is linear to your display, then contrast is controlled by your imaging and the resultant print is faithful to it. It is the easiest system available, and it also produces the highest possible standard.
We will use Platinum/Palladium as the process to learn PiezoDN, but the concept is similar for any alternative process. You can adapt what you learn to silver print, carbon print, cyanotype, gum printing, salt print, photogravure, or any other medium that requires a positive or negative. We’ll walk each and every participant through the linearization process. With no more than 8 attendees you’ll have ample opportunity to go through the process on your own. You’ll be able to make lots of Platinum and Palladium prints as well as film.
During the workshop we will show you how to convert an Epson printer with clogged channels into a useful digital negative printer. PiezoDN requires as few as six shades of Piezography ink. Often Epson Pro printers can be found locally for free because of one clogged channel! We’ll also show you how to maintain Epson printers. PiezoDN systems use the same ink set that is used for making Piezography prints. So we’ll teach you that too!
This workshop is perfect for beginners or seasoned practitioners. If you’re new to Platinum and Palladium printing, it is also the perfect opportunity to learn the process in a way that is perfectly adapted to digital negatives.
Maximum eight (8) participants. The only thing you need to bring is a laptop (to load PiezoDN software) and your digital images. We provide Hanhemuhle paper, chemistry, film, and gourmet lunches! Sign up on line at http://shop.inkjetmall.com/Shop-by-Alternative-Process/Piezography-Digital-Negative-Platinum-Palladium-Print/