Grafikwerkstatt Dresden

Address:
Junghansstraße 3
Dresden
01277
Germany
Phone:
+4935131905030
Employees:
3
About:
Grafikwerkstatt Fine Art Printmaking Workshop Dresden In the Grafikwerkstatt there are a whole range of original fine art printing techniques at your disposal. It is possible to do the printing yourself or to have your etching, lithography, relief-printing, hand typeset, algraphy, photographic typeset, photographic and offset printing works carried out by our highly trained printers. Since 50 years the name „Grafikwerkstatt Dresden“ means: meeting place, refuge and workplace as well as a community workshop to promote artists in Dresden. There are a lot of artist exchange programs with workshops of sister citys of Dresden in Sweden, Ohio/USA, Austria, Macedonia, France and Greece. On 600 square meters you will find primarily historic printing presses, maintained in connection with their history and a fascination with the historical process - created for contemporary applications and complemented with modern technology. Todays Grafikwerkstatt was founded in 1958 by a group of Dresden artists and can be found in the so-called “Ernemann Building”, later known as the “Zeiss Ikon Factory” and today as “Pentacon Dresden”. This magnificent example of Dresden’s industrial architecture from the 1920’s is itself bound up with groundbreaking developments in camera and cinema technology. It also houses the most varied exhibitions belonging to the "Technical Collections of the City of Dresden". Individual Experiments: If you wish to probe deeper into the expressive possibilities of a specific printing technique, the various work areas for intaglio, lithography, algraphy, relief printing, hand composed typesetting, screen design, an etching room, a photographic darkroom, and a space for bookbinding work, can all be rented. If you wish, one of our experienced printers can be on hand with helpful advice. You may ring up and reserve working time in the Grafikwerkstatt in advance. Working with a printer: When we are carrying out your work we value your presence most highly. This means that important corrections and experiments, an individual handling of the printed form, and tests on different papers can be made at the same time. Multiple coloured artists proofs are printed wet in wet, so that the finished result is visible when the proofs are made. This guarantees that the completed edition corresponds to your specifications. Grafikwerkstatt Dresden Originalgrafische Drucktechniken stehen in fast allen Varianten auf professionellem Niveau zur Verfügung. Es ist möglich selbst zu drucken oder die Arbeiten von ausgebildeten Druckern ausführen lassen. Seit über 50 Jahren steht Grafikwerkstatt Dresden sowohl für Treffpunkt, Rückzugsort und Arbeitsplatz, als auch für kommunale Werkstatt zur Förderung von Künstlerinnen und Künstlern in Dresden. Außerdem werden in Zusammenarbeit mit Partnerwerkstätten in Schweden, Ohio/USA, Österreich, Makedonien, Frankreich und Griechenland kontinuierlich internationale Künstler-Austauschprogramme organisiert. Auf 600 m² stehen vorrangig historische Druckpressen, gepflegt in Verbundenheit mit ihrer Geschichte und aus Faszination zu den historischen Verfahren – eingerichtet für zeitgenössische Anwendung und ergänzt mit moderner Technologie. Von Dresdner Künstlern als “Druckwerkstatt Goetheallee” 1958 gegründet, seit 1979 als “Berliner Straße” bekannt, arbeitet die “Grafikwerkstatt Dresden” seit 1997 im Souterrain der “Technischen Sammlungen der Stadt Dresden” – im ehemaligen „Ernemann-Werk“, später „Zeiss Ikon AG“ und „Pentacon Dresden“, einem herausragenden Beispiel Dresdner Industriebaukunst der 1920iger Jahre, verbunden mit bedeutenden Entwicklungen in der Kamera- und Kinotechnik. Eigene Experimente: Um tiefer in die jeweiligen Ausdrucksformen einer Technik einzudringen, können Sie vollständig ausgestattete Arbeitsplätze für Radierung, Steindruck, Algrafie, Hochdruck, Handsatz, Fotosatz, Fotografie, Buchbindung und einen Ätzraum mieten. Auf Wunsch steht ein Drucker beratend zur Seite. Auf Anfrage werden Spezialkurse für wenige Personen zusammengestellt. Termine reservieren wir Ihnen auch telefonisch. Arbeit mit Drucker: Bei der Ausführung Ihrer Arbeiten drucken wir auch gern gemeinsam mit Ihnen. So können entsprechende Korrekturen und Experimente, individuelle Behandlung der Druckform und Tests auf verschiedenen Papieren gleich ausgeführt werden. Mehrfarbige Andrucke werden nass in nass gedruckt, um am Tag des Andrucks einen vollständigen Eindruck zu gewinnen. Die entsprechenden Auflagen arbeiten wir dann nach Ihren Vorgaben.
Edition Handpressendrucke
Edition Handpressendrucke
Interview with Peter Stephan from Grafikwerkstatt Dresden
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
1958
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
Typografie
What inspires you?: 
Art and literature
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Intaglio Printing: For etching, drypoint, engraving, carborundum, white ground, soft ground, sugar lift or mezzotint etching grounds, different engraving tools, burners and chemicals are all at your disposal. You also can use a rosin box. We can provide zinc or copper cut to the size required. Printing is done on 6 RICHARDSSONS-copper printing presses with a maximum paper format up to 100 x 140 cm and original KRAUSE-printing presses with a maximum paper format up to 110 x 160 cm The acid baths in a separate room you will find etching trays up to 130 cm equipped with modern surrounding extraction fans. So it´s possible to etch with ferric chloride and nitric acid. Lithography: Thin washes of lithographic ink, crayon, transfer printing, lithographic engraving, transfer copies and other means. Grounded stones measuring up to 84 x 118 cm are always on hand. Specially prepared stone fragments might also inspire you. To acquaint yourself with the lithographic chalk slate or to save on grinding costs, you might prefer to grind the stones yourself. There are enough quiet areas in the print workshop where you can draw and work creatively on the stone slabs undisturbed. Handprints are made on KRAUSE-handcrank presses and for very large editions a FABER & SCHLEICHER-automated lithographic press can be used. The maximum paper format is 99 x 140 cm. Relief Printing: Here you can do wooden block, linocut, and various other relief printing and hand typesetting methods. All the materials, high quality tools and a rich selection of wooden, lead block and historical lettering are on hand. The versatile unconventional use of structured materials enables an unexpected diversity in the expression of relief printing. Formats up to 50 cm of the smaller side can be made on a GRAFIX proofprinting press and for paper sizes up to 70 cm of the smaller side a KRAUSE-toggle lever press and up to 110 x 160 cm a KRAUSE-copper printing press for hand printing can be used. Algraphy: The most important difference to stone lithography is that the original motif is not drawn in reverse. Using lithographic ink and crayon you draw directly onto a corn-surfaced aluminiumplate. You can work in various ways, even using thin washes of ink. It is also possible to work on matt transfer films and transparent paper with ink, crayon or copy markers. Collages, frottages and even direct photographic transfers of material structures onto the plates can bring fascinating results. On top of this you may bring photographed motifs, typographic film and raster film into play. The plates are as easy to transport as paper and can even be taken out of doors. During the printing you can manipulate how the plate, the colour and what sort of paper is used. Algraphy is comparatively inexpensive as a basis for more complex stone lithographs, etchings and relief prints. We use a KORREX-proofprinting press. The maximum paper format is 79 x 107 cm, under certain circumstances up to 100 x 140 cm and direct from the plate on copper printing presses up to 60 cm wide, under certain circumstances up to 110 x 160 cm. Offset proof: It is possible to employ the Duplex or the 4c colour system even using thick deckle-edged etching papers. To be most faithful to the original the half tones may be reproduced using a frequency modulated raster and can be printed on CTP plates on a KORREX-proofprinting press. Each colour may be individually adjusted during the printing process. It is also useful for photo-realistic black and white prints. The maximum paper format 53 x 74 cm, under circumstances up to 79 x 107 cm. Photography: The small darkroom is well equipped with developing trays and an enlargement camera with a film holder accomodating up to 20 x 30 cm formats. Here you can prepare conventional films for use in the print process. On top of this classical black and white enlargements and photographic experiments may also be pursued here. Design and manipulating images: Layouting for catalogues, posters and invitations or the typographical design of your own original artists books can all be realised using hand typesetting or on a MAC. We have inkjet and laser printers with a maximum paper format up to 29,7 x 120 cm, giclée prints up to A3+. You can work on a MAC or on 2 Windows-PCs, a A3+ scanner and a photonegativ scanner. Bookmaking: For the bookmaking process we have a 120 cm cardboard cutter, a 92 cm cutting machine, a embossing press for 42 x 50 (65) cm, a embossing press for 27 x 36 (56) cm and an embossing press for 18 x 27 (41) cm, a passepartout cutting machine accomoadating up to 100 cm, a 67 cm folding and a perforating machine, a stapling machine, a wire binding machine and a screwpress for dimensions up to 75 cm and different embossing and punch tools.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
Individual Experiments: If you wish to probe deeper into the expressive possibilities of a specific printing technique, the various work areas for intaglio, lithography, algraphy, relief printing, hand composed typesetting, screen design, an etching room, a photographic darkroom, and a space for bookbinding work, can all be rented. If you wish, one of our experienced printers can be on hand with helpful advice. You may ring up and reserve working time in the Grafikwerkstatt in advance. Working with a printer: When we are carrying out your work we value your presence most highly. This means that important corrections and experiments, an individual handling of the printed form, and tests on different papers can be made at the same time. Multiple coloured artists proofs are printed wet in wet, so that the finished result is visible when the proofs are made. This guarantees that the completed edition corresponds to your specifications.
What kind of products do you create?: 
Grafik and Books
Do you offer custom work?: 
no
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