NEW SOLARPLATES ARRIVING
We are excited and relieved to announce that we will soon be receiving our first shipment of NEW SOLARPLATES!
This first shipment is a limited stock of 8x10 Solarplates only.
Our main shipment of all new standard sizes of Solarplate is due in early December.
NEW STANDARD SIZES
The following sizes of Solarplate will be available for purchase in early December:
4x5, 6x8, 8x10, 12x16, and 16x20
Please note that screen sizes will be revised to fit new standard sizes where necessary.
ABOUT THE NEW SOLARPLATE
The new Solarplates have tested very well!
Three main characteristics to this new material are as follows:
> Each new Solarplate has a protective plastic sheet that protects the polymer surface, which needs to be peeled off prior to use.
> The new Solarplate is more sensitive and has a much shorter exposure time
> The new Solarplate is environmentally safer than any other polymer, since it is truly water-soluble, unlike the other polymers that are water dispersible (new MSDS available)
YOUR FIRST ORDER OF SOLARPLATE
We will be able to process orders for the 8x10 Solarplate size as soon as the material is in hand in October. As this first shipment is of limited stock, we can only fulfill orders while supply lasts.
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.
Available sizes and pricing are currently on the 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.