BookFest Speaker Series: Becky Almeter | Hodgins Engraving Co.
August 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
To celebrate Summer of BookFest, we’re hosting a Speaker Series of experts in the book arts biz! Sponsored by Printing Industries Alliance.
Intaglio is an age-old process of creating printed artwork that is little-known today. While it has a long history as a traditional technique used within the fine arts, intaglio is also used in commercial printing production. It’s a process unlike any other technique out there and produces stunning results unlike any other printing method. We’d love to give you an inside look into what it is, how it’s done, and how you can collaborate with a printer to produce intaglio prints.
This session will present an introduction to intaglio, or engraving, as it is sometimes referred to, including:
• A brief history of intaglio
• Description of terminology used in relation to the process
• Step-by-step details about how intaglio is done
• Artwork/Design considerations for intaglio (including digital file setup tips)
• Overview of products and applications
• Update on the status of the commercial intaglio and die-making industries
• A brief Intro of Tag Print Shop and Call for Entries
• Q & A session
• Collection of further resources
After attending this session, you will come away with:
• A better understanding of what intaglio is and why it is a valued technique for producing fine art
• A collection of resources including where you can learn more, order dies, create prints, get
• For interested designers/artists, a Call for Entries to work with intaglio
• A copy of our guidelines “Creating Art for Intaglio” and “File Setup for Intaglio Plates”
Becky Almeter is owner and president of Hodgins Engraving Co., Whitman Printing LLC, and Tag Print Shop. She is the third generation of printers in her family, carrying on a business started by her grandfather, John Hodgins, in the barn on their family farm with a used Heidelberg letterpress in 1957. Since those early days, the family business has evolved to include a variety of types of printing and related services that the companies offer today.
Becky holds degrees in International Relations and Spanish, which were fun and informative to learn about, but never put to use in a career setting. After roaming around the south for a while, she returned to Batavia, NY to join the family business in 2007. Since then, she has worked in all areas of the shop including production, shipping, customer service, marketing, and found herself taking over for her father officially in 2017 when he retired. Her husband Jeremy also works in the business as production manager and chief die-maker. They have four children and also run a small farm on the side. When Becky is not in the print shop, or taking care of daily life at home, she likes to steal quiet moments for walking, biking, skiing, reading, or napping.
HODGINS ENGRAVING CO.
located in Batavia, New York
A proud PIA Member, Hodgins Engraving is a mid-sized family business in Batavia, New York – proudly operating with the third generation of the Hodgins family. Well before the dawn of offset presses, John Hodgins began his printing company in 1957, in the era when print was letterpress and letterpress was print. The company started as a die making operation in 1983, and in an effort to keep up with changing technologies over the years, went on to rubber stamps, business cards, specialty, high-end, high-quality printing…and so much more.
Check out their website for a full range of their services. | hodginsengraving.com
TAG PRINT SHOP
located in Batavia, New York
A proud PIA Member, The mission of Tag is to promote and preserve the art of intaglio as a production print process by making it known, relevant and commercially accessible to today’s graphic arts, print production, and artistic communities.
The process of commercially produced intaglio has largely disappeared from public recognition. Today, people who design for, purchase and utilize print are not likely to realize intaglio’s place in commercial printing. TAG is here to spread awareness of intaglio, including how it’s done, how it can be utilized, and how to design for it. | tagprintshop.com