An intaglio plate is one whose image is embedded into the surface of the printing plate. Traditionally this would have been achieved using hand engraving tools or acid etching. At Factum Arte's recently formed Intaglio Print Studio, we have been working with several artists with diverse requirements to create plates that may be hand drawn, photographically transferred and recreated as a depth map from 3D scans.
These images have been digitally routed deep into the metal providing a plate which creates, when passed through the etching press, a powerful blind embossed image upon the paper. There is the capacity for the plate to be inked in the intaglio, or to be surface rolled, or for both of those methods to be employed simultaneously. This enriches the surface of the image on the paper. By mixing CNC milled plates with traditional etching processes and multiple plate printing it is possible to push artisanal printing to new heights.
Large format etching press kindly given by the family of Lucio Muñoz
Plate being routed
Chine colle embossed print (laminated Korean paper)
Artist: Marc Quinn
Blind embossed on Silver leafed paper: 'Silvering the Cerebrum' by Dillwyn Smith on digitally printed wallpaper background
Wooden table top (image source material), Digitally routed plate and experimental working proof by El Anatsui. The proof is made with intaglio, chine colle and surface rolling.
Intaglio print for the Terra Forming Project
Aviso Legal. LOPD