Mordançage (mor-den-sahge) is a process that dates back to the late 1800s. Its direct French to English translation is “etching,” which is essentially what the processes was originally referred to as. Lush, velvety veils are characteristic to mordançage, but prints can have reliefs and different colors depending on how they are exposed and processed.
Mordançage is, in my mind, the wild child of the alt processes. It is a highly caustic process, and the actual manipulation of the process can be difficult to control. Creating a mordançage print is an intricate dance, but it can be done. We will start out with non-images in order for you to grow familiar with the process in its purest form. Once the class feels comfortable with manipulating a print, we will move to photograms and, lastly, images.
In addition to learning the mordançage process, you’ll also learn how to make lumen prints and chemigrams. They are both darkroom based manipulation processes, and can be printed in combination with mordançage. Lumenprints are similar to photograms in that they are object-based, but instead of being exposed under an enlarger they’re exposed in sunlight. Colors in a lumenprint can range from warm pinks, reds, and oranges to cooler purples, blues, and greens.
The chemigram process is best describes as painting in the darkroom. It consists of either a hard resist (varnish) or a soft resist (oil, soap, etc.) and moving the print back and forth between developer and fixer. Final images can range from complete abstractions to deliberate graphic designs.
This workshop will cover basic digital negatives, so come prepared with a laptop and an image processing program (ideally Photoshop or Lightroom— something that will allow you to do basic edits and add a curve). Mordançage benefits from darker images and images with definite shadows, so keep that in mind when selecting work. A majority of supplies are covered, but it would be wise to bring smaller supplies with you. An apron is recommended for mordançage, as the chemistry can ruin clothing. Unlike latex gloves, nitrile gloves can survive mordançage chemistry, so if you choose to bring extra gloves make sure they’re nitrile. I would also suggest bringing a small towel for the lab. Chemistry, paper, and other supplies will be covered under the class fee.
It will be a week of learning about mordançage, lumenprints, and chemigrams— learning about their roots, experimenting with the processes, expanding your knowledge on the processes and their applications, and enjoying everything Montana and the Formulary has to offer.
Workshop Fee : $795.00 (Does not include meals and lodging)
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About the Instructor
Megan Crawford is an alternative process photographer based in northwestern Montana. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Photography from Montana State University in 2017. Her work as been exhibited nationally, and she has been featured in various publications. Crawford’s background in history and her interest in handmade photographs led her to pursue processes such as gum bichromate and salted paper. Her work often focuses on history and landscape: how they interact with modern and historical societies, how they interact with each other, and what they can represent in a contemporary photographic context. You can learn more about her work at meganlcrawford.com