Handmade Emulsion

  • May 19, 2018
  • May 21, 2018
  • 3 sessions
  • May 19, 2018, 10:00 17:00
  • May 20, 2018, 10:00 17:00
  • May 21, 2018, 10:00 17:00
  • NSCAD darkroom, 5163 Duke Street.
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Handmade Emulsion

You may have heard of DIY and eco-processing for film, but did you know you can make your own emulsion too?  Enter the world of chemistry and darkroom magic and create an unwashed B+W silver gelatin emulsion on 16mm film. Handmade emulsions have a distinct and wonderful look to them that cannot be duplicated by other means and provide a wonderful basis for nearly-endless experimentation. In this 3-day workshop participants will learn how to create their own emulsion for celluloid film from scratch.

Participants will gain an understanding of the basic film emulsion chemistry and will create a simple, raw, low ISO black and white film stock using three key ingredients in the production of a silver-based emulsion: gelatin, potassium bromide, and silver nitrate. We will collectively shoot some handmade emulsion and then hand-processed it.  See the results by the end of the session. The workshop is aimed at both experienced practitioners and beginners, and includes all film stock, chemistry, supplies and workbook. Topics include: emulsion creation and handling; film coating techniques; DIY; processing; troubleshooting.

Price: FREE for AFCOOP members, $60 non-members (tax included)

Instructor: Lindsay McIntyre

Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuit/Scottish descent working with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Her works involve experimental and documentary techniques, and since 2011, handmade emulsion.  She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta. Lindsay will be in Halifax in May and early June, taking part in an artist residency through AFCOOP.

This workshop series is generously supported with funding from Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.