Plaster cast printing is a bold process that produces richly detailed and textured relief plaster casts through the use of traditional printmaking plates. It is a unique method of printing because you will be working not only just with the flat surface of the printing plate, but also having to think about the depths of relief casting.
A range of traditional printing techniques, from lino to dry point, can be used to create your sculptural cast. You may of course also integrate other items into the cast, such as string or fabric. These plates are all processed and inked up before layering in a mould and plaster being poured on top to create an impression. The process requires a few nuances and tweaks upon the paper based methods and this will all be explored.
In the workshop you will produce several plaster relief works, all of which may also be carved and scratched into after the plaster is dry. You will have time to explore a full range of the effects in both black and colour, enabling you to take away much knowledge to explore in your own time. This method of printing requires no press and is hugely accessible and engaging.
Dates: Weekend 22/23 July
Times: 10am to 4pm
Cost: £190/Members £180
Founder of ‘Pop-Up Press’ (taking art and printmaking to the people) in 2014, Mary Dalton trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen.
Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.