Interactive Intaglio: Printmaking hits the streets

Interactive Intaglio

Interactive Intaglio is a event designed to increase public awareness of Intaglio printmaking. On July 8, 2011 in front of The First Churches of Northampton a group of print enthusiasts assembled a print studio complete with a portable etching press.  There was an opportunity for community members to engage in spontaneous printing from Intaglio plates created by volunteers.

Intaglio is a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses is transferred to a dampened piece of paper by way of a press.  The project allows the public to witness the process and learn the history of Intaglio printmaking. Public demonstration, such as Interactive Intaglio, promote community awareness for the arts while being entertaining and educationally engaging.  The hope is that public printing, of any technique, becomes a mainstay on our streets and encourage individuals to utilize the vast artistic resources available in their community.

Thank you to Liz Chalfin of Zea Mays Printmaking and Peter Pettengill of Wingate Studio for generously volunteered time, expertise and equipment to the project.  Also my appreciation to Graphic Chemical and Ink Co., Atlantic Paper Co. and Akua Ink for donating supplies.

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MCC-Official-Logo“This program was supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.”