With Barbara Ford Doyle
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Time: 1pm – 4 pm
Location: Griffin Museum of Photography
One of the criticisms of digital art is that there isn’t uniqueness to it because each image can be printed over and over—true especially of giclèe prints. On the other hand, computers have put the medium of digital photography in dialogue with painting, printmaking, and other kinds of art. Barbara Ford Doyle’s interest is to combine digital photography with various hands-on transfer printmaking processes.
About the workshop:
“How did you do that?” This is a question Barbara Ford Doyle is asked often about photo transfers—especially transfers to limestone “paper” or metal.
She will discuss the use of a computer, Adobe Photoshop, and inkjet printers for printing on specially coated DASS™ film. She will demo transfers to mulberry paper, limestone “paper” and have examples of images on metal and transfers coated with encaustic—with remarks about unwanted variables! She will offer suggestions for finishing and presenting work and prepare a list of resources.
Doyle was born and raised on a small farm in Connecticut where her family always had one or more dogs. She attended UMass and Southern Connecticut University majoring in art education. Moving to Cape Cod, she taught art and photography in public schools and was well known as an illustrator of poster calendars. She maintains a website of Alternative Photo Imaging at: www.bfdoyle.com and is a member of the collaborative digital artists group, ArtSynergies, www.artsynergies.com.
Barbara’s Working process:
Beginning with Raw negatives or iPhone images, Doyle uses Adobe Photoshop and additional software plug-ins to edit her work. Her digital equipment includes a computer with tons of memory and back-ups, a graphics tablet, an iPhone, an iPad and an Epson Stylus Pro3880 printer. Specialty products for transfer printing include DASS™ film, which acts as a arrier plate and is printed with water soluble inkjet pigments. Inks are transferred to various substrates—BFK Rives, mulberry paper, limestone paper, or metal. There is unexpected “lift-off” on rough surfaces and soft, muted imagery on waterleaf and Japanese papers. Images transferred to limestone paper are similar to Polaroid emulsion transfers where the “skin” can be stretched and twisted. Images transfer printed on oxidized metal are reminiscent of 19th-century tintypes.
Her Irish terrier, Ruddy, reminds her of the important things in life.