Learn how to apply a contemporary variation of the ancient gilding technique to your photography work in this one-day metal gilding workshop. Bring in your own photographs and mixed media pieces and experiment with copper leafing possibilities.
Visual artist Solange Roberdeau will demonstrate contemporary gilding and explain the various metal leafing materials she uses before you dive right in and experiment with the process. Solange will provide all the materials necessary for copper gilding.
You’ll learn how to apply copper leaf and loose mica powder pigment to photographic as well as textural, mixed media surfaces. Additionally, you’ll learn tips for incorporating other materials such as thread, fabric, and organic material.
At the end of the day, you’ll leave the workshop having made a reference chart for future use that addresses each step of the technique. You’ll also receive a take-home Gilding Starter Kit: including copper leaf, a bottle of gilding size, a bottle of fluid acrylic, a calligraphy brush, and some watercolor paper. And of course your own gilded pieces of artwork!
Solange recommends photographs printed on fiber paper for this technique but encourages experimentation with other surfaces.
Please bring in your own photographs and/or artwork on any surface for gilding.
The Image Flow will offer a student discount of 50% for two (2) 11×14 or smaller prints (we suggest Epson Legacy Fibre or Baryta paper) for use in this workshop if desired.
Image files need to be sent to The Image Flow by April 10 to guarantee prints will be ready for the workshop.
Saturday, April 18, 10AM–4PM: Introductions, immediately followed a demonstration of how to set-up and implement the gilding technique. Then jumping right into the technique and exploring it through the end of the day.
- 30-minute lunch break from 12:30–1PM (lunch not provided)
Solange Roberdeau is a visual artist and art educator whose own work explores perception and seeking out the creative potential in our immediate environments through materials, gesture and response to place. She works primarily in paper, sumi ink and with contemporary gilding in her own studio practice. She received a BFA in Printmaking from RISD and an MFA in Studio Art from MICA. From 2006 to 2012 Solange worked in the studio of the painter Robert Kushner where she specialized in his version of gilding. She has since gone on to give lessons in this technique at venues including Kala Art Institute, San Francisco Center for the Book, Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. She has been the recipient of several artists grants including from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany CT and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos NM.