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The Workshop: Twice the fun with instant film

27 Oct 2011
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Cloth Paper Scissors November/December 2011

Making Fuji emulsion lifts and transfers using a Day Lab.


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jeanz2 wrote
on 6 Nov 2011 8:11 AM

what a great tutorial! thank you so much!

on 9 Nov 2011 1:08 PM

HI Everyone! I am so excited to present my video for you here.Your questions and comments are appreciated. I have never made a video before so this was a new endeavor.

I will be teaching two Fuji process workshops, one in Fuji Emulsion Lifts and another in Fuji Image Transfer, at the 2012 CREATE in Irving, California. I will also be teaching a general photo transfer workshop with friend and artist Dea Fischer. If you are interested you can go here to check out all the awesome workshops being offered.

My article about Fuji processes, in the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, shows you how to do the processes making the original images with a Polaroid Land Camera. These are widely available on Ebay (Ask Editor Jenn Mason, she has bought three!) and like most cameras may take a little time to get the hang of. There are manuals all over the internet and I know a lot about them, so please ask me if you need some help. Fuji film is way cheaper than the Polaroid film I used to use, so don't worry about making mistakes, you need to make lots of exposures/images in order to perfect your technique. It is worth it!

This video shows you how to do the exact same processes, the only difference is that I used a Daylab in order to make the exposures/images. A Daylab allows you to be able to use a slide or a 4x6 image (depending on the type of Daylab you are using) without damaging the slide or print. This means you can use any image over and over again, and that you don't need to make the image, as with the transfers, and then do the process right away. (Please note that with the emulsion lifts you can make the exposure and wait as long as you like to then make the lift). Daylabs are available through daylab.com and on the internet and run from $200 - $400.

tourmaline wrote
on 11 Nov 2011 2:36 PM

This process looks great, fun etc, just like the old polaroid transfers. The cost of a the Day Lab machine is prohibitive.

Showcasing new techniques and processes is very educational and I appreciate what Inteweave does in that arena, but doing art/collage can be done with the lower cost processes resulting in a fine finished product.

Taking the tried and true methods and expanding on those would be great rather than searching through your cupboards to find out what food item can be used as a resist (interesting articles, but practical?) or introducing these machines (screen maker etc) just seems like a bit much. 

ruby t

on 11 Nov 2011 3:41 PM

Hi Ruby

Thanks for your comment. I can respect what you are saying, as I, too, love to make art using things I have around the house. This video was made to show how you can go further with the techniques shown in the article in Cloth Paper Scissors. The techniques in the article can be done with a $5 camera and an $8 pack of film. That is the inexpensive way to do it. It is almost the same technique as Polaroid transfers, as you mentioned, however, the Fuji film is half the price Polareoid was and it has a few different characteristics and ways of working with it. Once someone has tried these processes, they are welcome to take it further. For someone who truly falls in love with this process as I did, they will find a way to obtain a machine. Not showning someone how to go further, because there is some expense, is to me a loss.

Most techniques can be done cheaply, but can also be done in a more advanced, and maybe expensive way. You can use a film camera or a digital camera, you can sculpt clay or stone. Anyway, my main point is that this YouTube video was made by me, at my expense, after being encouraged to make it by Interweave. I was not paid to make it. I am FREELY sharing my expertise to show people what else can be done with these processes.

As a side note, I have spent over $800 on the four machines I use for these processes, and as a professional artist who teaches and works in these process, that is not very much money spread across the 10+years I have worked with it almost daily. So, please, feel free to try the inexpensive way, and should you be bitten by the bug, then decide where you would like to take it. Daylabs can be found, and maybe by seeing this video someone will come across one that someone is getting rid of, or that someone is unsure of what is it and is selling it cheaply. I often have leads on these machines, and am happy to share them with people who are looking.

on 15 Nov 2011 9:38 PM

What other things can you do with the daylab? Are they expensive?