Jane Pagliarulo – Collagraph
Jane Pagliarulo, master printer and co-owner of Atelier Meridian, received a BFA in Printmaking from UMass at Amherst. From 1989 to 1996 she cut her teeth as a fine art printer at Hand Graphics in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she printed lithographs, woodcuts, etchings and monotypes. She worked one-on-one in creative collaboration with artists who had tremendously varied conceptual and technical approaches. As a result she strays beyond the traditional boundaries of printmaking. In 1996 Pagliarulo co-founded a printmaking workshop in Hood River. In 2007 she co-founded Atelier Meridian, along with Barbara Mason. As master printer, Jane teaches printmaking workshops in monotype, etching, woodcut and encaustic collagraph, and performs contract printing of editions and assisted monotype sessions. Her own prints usually take the form of monotypes and collagraphs. She exhibits nationally and is represented in Portland by the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery and Print Arts Northwest, where she also serves on the Education committee.
A Collagraph is a fine art, hand-pulled print that you create by collaging elements onto a plate and then printing from it. This is a process that explodes beyond the boundaries of printmaking! These techniques can produce subtle and mysterious marks, allowing for variable prints or editions. Combining monotype with encaustic’s textural elements takes it a step further, creating prints with depth and subtlety.
Matrices of wax are built onto plexiglass, by painting hot beeswax and manipulating the surface with fabric, carving tools and or a tacking iron, using traditional etching and incising techniques common to encaustic. While this plate cools, I roll thin, transparent layers of ink onto a clean clear plexiglass plate that will be printed first, as a monotype. Then we apply Akua soy based inks to the encaustic plate, and wipe free the excess ink with Tarlatan, which is a heavily sized cheesecloth. Inks could also be applied with a paintbrush or rolled on, relief-style, with a brayer. Then we run it through an intaglio press to be printed on paper. This particular approach to collagraph is unique in a variety of ways; the plates are ready to print in minutes, as opposed to waiting overnight for glue or Acrylic Medium to dry. Also, it takes advantage of encaustic’s natural resistance to moisture making it ideal for printmaking. Plates hold up fairly well if treated gently, and an edition of 10 or 20 can easily be created.
You can combine this technique with other print techniques such as Etching, Relief, or Photopolymer Intaglio.