In the field of Graphics, which originally was focused on reproduction, new techniques are continually emerging. In the printing industry previous techniques often disappear, while some stay around but become relevant only for artists, because they bring their own aesthetic. Artists here can use both traditional and the latest techniques. It’s about how you apply the most appropriate technique for contemporary work.
For example in 2011 resident Leï Saito wanted to make heliogravures, but the needed materials for this are not manufactured anymore. Instead, with the aid of ‘Solar’ panels that are used for flexographic printing (which is well known in the packaging industry), eventually the same effect was obtained.
In addition to digital printing, silkscreen printing is especially popular. Edward Clydesdale Thomson experimented with many different printing techniques and surfaces such as silkscreen printing on mirrors. What makes the workshop unique is that it’s very complete, with many techniques under one roof, whether it’s printing, cutting, pasting or bookbinding.
The workshop is regularly used for creating publications. There is frequently cooperation with the Photography workshop and Paint lab, but also with Ceramics for ceramic transfers (printing onto ceramics).
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (RA 10/11), graphic workspace
Marika Asatiani (RA 09/10), Now and then, artist's publication
Margit Lukács and Persijn Broersen (RA 07/08), graphic workspace