---FROM DAN WELDEN---
If you do not subscribe to our Email Notices and Newsletter, you may not yet know the official news. Solarplates, as you have come to know them, are not being produced any more. The plant in San Marcos, CA has shut down. You will have noticed over recent weeks that Solarplate is out of stock in many sizes. At this time we have a dwindling stock of large Solarplates, sizes 11 x 14, 12 x 16, and 18 x 24.
I had rewritten the book 'Printmaking in the Sun' only to find some of the information no longer applies. I am now rewriting the book for a third time so that it will have all the necessary information about the new Solarplates.
Any changes to the Solarplate process will be highlighed and included on our website in coming weeks. We will also send information via email and include with your order once we have stock of our new Solarplate.
We expect to be able to supply you with Solarplate by early June. Available sizes and pricing will be on this website.
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Printmaking with SOLARPLATE is a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. SOLARPLATE is a prepared, light-sensitive polymer surface on a steel backing for artists to produce fine prints. Since Dan Welden's development of the process in the 1970s, printmakers, painters, photographers, and art teachers interested in multiple impressions have found printmaking with SOLARPLATE an exciting adventure. All one needs is inspiration, a graphic image created on a transparent film (acetate or glass), sun or UV light, and ordinary tap water, and the process is ready to begin. Both positives and negatives can be utilized; intaglio and relief printing techniques can be applied.
Universities and art schools all over the world are using SOLARPLATE as part of their curriculum. The simple, spontaneous approach also makes it faster and more economical for use in professional printmaking workshops and collaborations with artists. Educators are replacing traditional acid techniques with SOLARPLATE due to safety regulations. Being photographic in nature, SOLARPLATE incorporates a broader range of techniques than any other printing medium.
Hampton Editions, Ltd. is the official distributor of SOLARPLATE.
Hampton Editions, Ltd. began as a subsidiary of Welden Graphics, established by Dan Welden in 1971. Collaborative publishing ventures included artists such as Robert Dash, Syd Solomon, Esteban Vicente, Willem de Kooning, Elaine de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Bill King, and Jane Freilicher. The evolution from a studio specializing in Stone Lithography publishing and printing into a workshop dealing with more diverse offerings took place during the 80s and 90s with the SOLARPLATE process gaining more momentum. Since the SOLARPLATE process was Dan Welden's own, he pioneered and promoted health and safety in printmaking since the beginning and is an example of a 'more healthy, old time master printmaker'. Through the 90s and into the 2000s Hampton Editions, Ltd. has printed for artists including Eric Fischl, David Salle, and Lynda Benglis, among others.