Re: Hand collotype in process
Hi Tsuyoshi & Tom,
I'm interested in photogravures, I'm currently researching (and
judging feasibility)... I plan to use photopolymer plates, mainly
because I find traditional photogravures (copper plates, carbon
tissue, ferric chloride etching etc...) is too much complicated and
time taking. Plus, we have two Toyobo distributors here in Istanbul,
so it's accessible to me...
Collotype is most interesting because one doesn't have to rely to
"expensive" factory-made materials (such as Toyobo photopolymer
plates!), it seems something that can be done in-house totally. Am I
I guess one needs a relief press if they are not going to make hand
impressions? Are ordinary relief presses OK for the job, or are there
specialized collotype presses around? (Will do single impressions; I'm
not interested in duotone, tritone, quadtone or color work.)
On 16.Haz.2009, at 17:06, Tsuyoshi Ito wrote:
There is no instruction in the link that I referred earlier. My
friend went to Kyoto to see the proof prints for me and simply
writing about the experience.
There is a little more information as well as images from the studio
in Kyoto on our site but I am not sure if it is practical enough for
you. But take a look:
There are two more studios which still make Collotype on a
commercial basis as far as I know: one in Germany and the other in
Italy. I do not remember the names top of my head, but maybe they
can be helpful for you.
I am not sure if they do hand impressions though as the prints
usually go through a huge collotype press as you know. Yamamoto-san
at Berido, the person in the pictures, has been experimenting with
hand impressions for some time.
Another person to contact is James Hajicek who teaches photogravure
and collotype at Arizona State University (http://www.alchemy-studio.net/
). We invited him for a lecture on collotype last year during our
show. He told me that he is about to retire and start teaching a
workshop on collotype out of his studio soon.
If you can come to Japan, I am sure Berido people will show you
around the studio. I will there again at the end of August this year.
Hope these will help.
On Jun 15, 2009, at 4:04 PM, Tomas Sobota wrote:
I am interested in collotype. Right now I'm rather a beginner in
this technique, but I already managed to make a couple of
reasonably decent plates. What I'm lacking is traditional printing
skills, so I would like to learn more about the hand impressions
that you mention.
Sadly for me, the website you refer to is entirely in Japanese ...
On Sat, Jun 13, 2009 at 4:04 AM, Tsuyoshi Ito
I am just going to send this link to those who may be interested in
I had an opportunity to work with Benrido, a collotype studio in
Kyoto, and they are making some prints for me. As you know, they
usually use a press to make collotypes, but here they are making
hand impressions. We are hoping to bring them for a demonstration
or workshop at our studio next year.
We also hope to show a video clip of the entire process soon. I
will let you know once it is up.