Bromoil printing

18 Apr

Sarah Stevens has been growing a reputation for skilful work with alternative print processes such as gum and lith printing. For the past few months Stevens has been exploring the art of bromoil printing which was popular with  pictorialists in the first half of the 20th century. She is now reviewing her preliminary work and beginning to evolve a cohesive project investigating personal artefacts and their connection to memory. Making bromoil prints is not the work of a moment; the lengthy processes begins with a fibre based print from the darkroom ½ to 2 stops darker than normal depending on paper type processed using non hardening fix. The print is then bleached away and tanned leaving a matrix of the image. The matrix is soaked in water to swell the gelatine and when inked these areas repel ink while the tanned silver accepts ink forming an image impression that can subsequently re worked to evolve and adapt outcomes to individual taste and image context. Stevens work is driven by mementos and the attachment people have to them as she explains “By working with the bromoil processes I feel I am adding physically to the memory attached to the subject and in fact making a new artefact which combines my connection to the object with that of the person it belonged to.” A gallery of interim work will be posted soon to foster more discussion and gather feedback on progress.

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Tools of the trade

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First inked outcome

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inked ready to start

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After several inking sessions

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