This year F295 is excited to offer Brian Taylor’s unique multicolor gum bichromate workshop.
Taylor has worked with the printing process for decades and has perfected the art of gum printing. Each print is unique and complete in its hand-made touches, imperfections, and organic elements. Great professors, such as Oliver Gagliani and Betty Hahn, mentored and influenced him as he developed a handmade aesthetic that frees him from the confines of factory produced materials.
In this workshop, you will learn to transform a black and white negative (digital or film) into a full color (unconventional) print, hand made and unique to your ideas and aesthetic. The gum bichromate process is a malleable one that allows the artist to slowly build the image, layer by layer, to create a one of a kind final product that reflects their own artistic vision.
The process begins by creating a tonally correct digital negative. That negative is then used to print a cyanotype on heavy watercolor paper. This base layer then becomes the foundation for a virtually unlimited interpretation and artistic opportunity. Gum Arabic is mixed with ammonium dichromate, and a gouache color of the artists choice is coated onto the paper, and re-exposed. The image can then be scratched, rubbed, and altered to the artists liking. Multiple layers of gum are applied, in different colors, to slowly build up an amazing image that is best seen in person.
This hands-on technique creates uniquely personal images that are a great addition to a portfolio and best seen in person. Taylor’s workshop is one of the best ways to sharpen your skills and explore this process with a contemporary master.
We are thrilled to offer this unique workshop at the 2015 F295 symposium, read more here. See you there!
Some images from participants at Taylor’s 2012 F295 workshop
Registration information on our website!