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We need your support to create an unique space for our collotype printing press and start printing again with this 1897s beauty.
Thank 4 u your support to create an unique space for our collotype printing press and start printing again with this 1897s beauty.
Vielen Dank für die Unterstützung zum Aufbau der Lichtdruckwerkstatt.
Thank 4 u your support to create an unique space for our collotype printing press and start printing again with this 1897s beauty. Vielen Dank für die Unterstützung zum Aufbau der Lichtdruckwerkstatt.
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Wolfgang, Holger and the Faber & Schleicher 2169 from 1897
Wolfgang, Holger and the Faber & Schleicher 2169 from 1897


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Hallo Kickstarter, we are Wolfgang & Holger and we are the founders of the offizin darmstadt, a hope-to-be-soon printing house for different old school and analogue printing techniques. We are building up a collotype print press, to preserve this fascinating technique, research its possibilities and start printing again with our „Faber & Schleicher 2169“.

 

Faber & Schleicher 2169 from 1897
Faber & Schleicher 2169 from 1897

 

The machine is from 1897 and was fully restored by Manroland and is currently located in the "Haus für Industriekultur" in Darmstadt. Manroland will be giving the machine us on permanent loan. Now, we need funds to ship this 6 ton machine, move it into our workshop and purchase new equipment to enable it to run. Once installed, we want to improve and even reinvent the collotype technique by incorporating the technological advancement of the last 150 years into the process.

What is collotype?

Collotype is a 150 years old noble printing process, which was invented and used for the reproduction of photography. It provides exceptional qualities in terms of detail, nuance and durability. The special feature of the method is the possibility of reproducing halftone originals (photography, drawings, etc.) without a screen, as is usually the case with printing. These prints have a permanency from at least +100 years.

If you compare collotype with today's digital print,you compare a concert grand piano with a keyboard.

 

Otto von Bismarck printed 1890
Otto von Bismarck printed 1890

 

Detail of the "Runzelkorn" View through a magnifying glass
Detail of the "Runzelkorn" View through a magnifying glass

How collotype works

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collotype

In this video you can see the different steps of the collotype procedure. The video was taken during our first test with our colleagues in Leipzig (german only).

 

exposed but unwashed collotype plate
exposed but unwashed collotype plate

Lichtdruck 2.0

How would you make Collotype today, with up to date techniques and materials?

We want to improve and even reinvent the technique by incorporating the technological advancement of the last 150 years into the process. Do you need carbon arc lamps for exposure or will UV LEDs work as well? Does it really have to be a brick oven or could you use a floor heating in a cabinet? Is it supposed to be gelatin on glass or are even other materials suitable?

When the procedure was developed, there were many things that you can not even think about anymore. Such as. Flat-parallel glass plates, UV lamps, air-conditioning systems. The quality of the chemistry and the gelatine has also improved so that we are able to apply all these new technologies to the Lichtdruck, ...

Also, we will print orders for customers and facsimile for museums.

Why should someone support this project?

You help us build the "Lichtdruckerei" in Darmstadt and the further development of "Lichtdruck 2.0". This is our research project, where we seek and find new ways to realize the process with today's possibilities and make it profitable.

You have the opportunity to be present from the very beginning and to receive art prints from the first edition. These prints have a permanency from at least +100 years.

One of the biggest challenges we have to face to make our vision of „Lichtdruck 2.0“ a reality, is to bring the 2169 into our workshop. The necessary transport has to be done by specialists, as the heavy machine weighs almost six tons.

To get it into our workshop we need to break down a big piece of the outer walls to fit the machine in.

Last but not least the workshop itself then needs some redoing and a lot of technic material must be installed. All of that we need to start testing - and finally produce.

It is time for Krautfunding!

The Rewards

This is the best part! What will you get for your pledge?

The "2169" edition

Our first collotype-edition will be a certificate in 8x10" for the first 100 supporters on KICKSTARTER. A photo of the "Faber & Schleicher 2169".

Your own Postkarten

We will make collotypes from your design, drawing or photo. Your own collotype collection. You will get 100 monochrome (Black & White) Postkarten (15 x 10 cm) on high quality natural paper. 

Perfect for promotion, gifts, reselling... 

We will ask you for a digital file or print in original size...

Photographs, graphics, text - here are some examples of how your postcards could look like.
Photographs, graphics, text - here are some examples of how your postcards could look like.

 

Your own Collotype-Produktion

This is it! The holy grail. 

2-days-workshop for your own production.
We will make 50 collotypes for you

Come visit us and watch us printing for you, have a look inside the "Lichtdruckwerkstatt" and so how we get gelatin on glass, do the exposure, wash and dry the Printplate and start the engine.

Please contact us if you are interested, so we can talk about the details.

Thank you

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Moin & Hallo Kickstarter

Wir sind Wolfgang & Holger, die Gründer der offizin darmstadt. Wir bauen eine Druckwerkstatt für Lichtdruck auf, um diese faszinierende Technik zu bewahren, ihre Möglichkeiten zu nutzen und mit der „Faber & Schleicher 2169" aus dem Jahre 1897 wieder zu drucken.

Lichtdruck ist ein 150 Jahre altes Edeldruckverfahren, das es ermöglicht, Fotografie bzw. fotografische Reproduktionen in außergewöhnlicher Qualität in Bezug auf Detail, Nuancierung und Haltbarkeit zu vervielfältigen. Die Besonderheit des Verfahrens ist die Möglichkeit, ohne Raster zu reproduzieren, wie dies üblicherweise beim Drucken der Fall ist. Diese Drucke sind „museumsecht“ und haben eine Haltbarkeit von mindestens 100 Jahren.

Vergleicht man Lichtdruck mit heutigem Digitaldruck, vergleicht man einen Konzertflügel mit einem E-Piano.

Wie würde man heute Lichtdruck machen? 

Das ist die zentrale Frage, der wir mit „Lichtdruck 2.0“ nachgehen. Wir haben die kompletten Prozessabläufe neu durchdacht, bauen Gerätschaften, testen Materialien, Rezepte uvm,, um dem Lichtdruck eine Zukunft zu geben. 

Zur Zeit existieren nur noch eine handvoll Werkstätten weltweit, in denen das Verfahren für Faksimilierung und Kunstprojekte Anwendung findet. Wir möchten diesen erlesenen Kreis erweitern und uns gemeinsam für den Erhalt der Technik einsetzen.

Um was geht es hier?

Wir müssen die "Faber & Schleicher 2169" in unsere Werkstatt bringen (lassen). Die Maschine wurde bei manroland restauriert und wird uns zur Verfügung gestellt (vielen Dank an dieser Stelle). Da sie fast sechs Tonnen wiegt, brauchen wir einen professionellen Transporteur. Vorab müssen wir einen Zugang durch eine Außenwand schaffen, die Werkstatt vorbereiten, Ausrüstung und Material beschaffen,… um sie schließlich wieder in Betrieb zu nehmen.

Warum sollte jemand dieses Projekt unterstützen?

  • Sie helfen uns, die neue Lichtdruckerei in Darmstadt aufzubauen und "Lichtdruck 2.0" weiterzuentwickeln
  • Sie haben die Möglichkeit, von Anfang dabei zu sein und Kunstdrucke der ersten Auflage zu erhalten.
  • Sie ebnen den Weg für unser geplantes Kunstförderprogramm, bei/mit dem wir Kreativen die Möglichkeit bieten, ihre arbeiten zu präsentieren und zu verkaufen.

Die Belohnungen

Urkunde „Retter des Runzelkorn“

Die Auszeichnung als Unterstützer. 

Die erste Edition

… wird (wahrscheinlich) ein Foto der "2169" im Lichtdruck werden.
100 editierte Exemplare.

Postkarten

Wir erstellen 100 monochrome (Schwarz-Weiß) Postkarten (15 x 10 cm) von Ihrem/Deinem Motiv. Es können Zeichnungen, Grafiken oder Fotos sein. 

Ideal für Geschenke, Akquise oder den Verkauf…

Die eigene Produktion

Zwei Tage in der offizin darmstadt mit vollem Einblick in die Präparation und den Druck. 500 monochrome (Schwarz-Weiß) Drucke im Format bis 70 x 50 cm vom eigenen Motiv.

Es ist Zeit für KRAUTfunding!

Risks and challenges

If the campaign is funded successfully, we have to dig a hole in the wall, to get the machine into the building, first. This will be done by professionals, we already had the structural analysis done.
Then, we have to get the machine out of the museum, onto a large truck, drive through the city and unload it in our yard. From there, it will be moved into the studio.

Many things could go wrong, but we will lay the dangerous tasks in the hands of professionals to minimise any risk.

After the workshop is finished and the machine is cleaned, the testing will begin. We expect the most obstacles there. Will everything work out? Many variables we have to find. Wich glass, wich gelatin, paper, ink....works best together? We did a lot of testing in advance and we are very confident, but you never know.

We already did a lot of testing with the materials and techniques, thinking, planing and experiments but there is still a lot of work to do here.

Lichtdruck/collotype is threatened with extinction an too important to die out.

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    A coffee at our Haus

    If you are going to visit us, we'll have a coffee together. Otherwise you'll get a cyber high-five.

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    You get some Collotype-Testcharts from the beginning.
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    Urkunde "Savior of the Wrinklecorn"

    We will design a Collotype-Certificate for the Saviors.
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    "2169 edition"

    the first edition of 100 collotypes
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    YOUR 100-Postkarten-production

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    You will get 100 Postcard sized (10x15 cm) collotypes from your own design/drawing/picture. You can send us a 4x5" NEGATIV a print or digital file.
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    Your own collotype Produktion

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    This is it! The holy grail.
    2-days-workshop for your own production.

    Have a look inside the offizin darmstadt.
    You will get 50 Collotypes "large scale" 70x50 cm. Monochrome (Black&White)

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    Your own collotype Produktion

    This is it! The holy grail.
    2-days-workshop for your own production.

    Have a look inside the offizin darmstadt.
    You will get 50 Collotypes "large scale" 70x50 cm. Monochrome (Black&White)

    + Postkarte with love
    + Urkunde "Savior of the Wrinklecorn"

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