18th Century Intaglio Printmaking demonstration
Andy Volpe: Art & History will be demonstrating Intaglio printmaking techniques at
Old Sturbridge Village during their Crafts & Brews Festival, September 19 & 20.
Intaglio ("In-tah-leo") printing had been the premiere illustrative and graphics medium since the 15th century. By the 18th century, the primary processes were Engraving, Etching, Mezzotint and Drypoint.
Andy will be demonstrating the printing aspects of the process, using his own plates that he's worked by hand. He will be using a modern steel-roller press (it's portable...) but will be printing using techniques from the 18th century.
Among the work planned to be printed will be the engraved plates he engraved and prints for the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Boston's North End, including the work of Paul Revere ("The Boston Massacre"; North Battery certificate), and a Map of Boston from 1775.
Andy will also have on display and available for sale, his prints in other/non-historical subject matter, but using the same historical and traditional techniques.