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Nicholas Dowgwillo Presents 3D Printed Woodburytypes


Nicholas Dowg­willo recently pre­sented research and con­ducted a demon­stra­tion on cre­at­ing Wood­bury­types from 3D-printed plates at the 2018 South­ern Graph­ics Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 52018.

A Wood­bury­type is a 19th cen­tury, con­tin­u­ous tone, pho­to­me­chan­i­cal process in which a thin layer of pig­mented gelatin is cast from a low-relief plate to cre­ate an image. The rel­a­tive thick­ness of the gelatin deter­mines the val­ues (the areas that are thick­est are dark­est) in the image. Dowgwillo’s process uses con­tem­po­rary dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies to recre­ate the his­tor­i­cal process.

SGC Inter­na­tional is a non-profit orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the art of print­mak­ing. Their mis­sion is to pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for artists engaged in the field of print­mak­ing, paper­mak­ing, and book arts and to stim­u­late appre­ci­a­tion for these art forms through con­fer­ences, exhi­bi­tions, and education.

Since 1973, SGC Inter­na­tional has orga­nized con­fer­ences around the coun­try that pro­vide a plat­form for artists to exchange ideas and infor­ma­tion, to edu­cate and inspire, and to cul­ti­vate new col­lab­o­ra­tions and friendships. 

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