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I am an artist using holography and I wish to set up a lab here in Wales to make my holograms.
I am an artist using holography and I wish to set up a lab here in Wales to make my holograms.
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My name’s Patrick Boyd.

I’m hoping to win you over to the art of holography.  

Across the world a recent holography renaissance is turning into a growing movement of enthusiasts, artists and collectors.

And I want to set up my own lab to create new holograms and train a new generation of holographers here in Wales.

Here’s why you should get involved.

Why Holography?

If you’re under 30 you might not have heard of holography. If you’re over 40 you’ve maybe forgotten about it.

A creative scene took off in the 80s but struggled against the relentless advance of digital technology from the 90s. Until now. It’s coming back.

And here are three reasons why:

  • The world’s changing. We want to get physical again. Analogue is in! 
  • The technology’s changing. We can use stereograms and new software packages for ever more creative work 
  • The market’s responding: We want the art in our collections 

Holography isn’t just back. All the ingredients for new creative and commercial holography scene are here. So let’s make it happen.

How Does It Work?

You make holograms by splitting a laser beam into two and merging them back together. The end result uses the interference of both beams to create light that can deliver depth, time & motion.  It is, in effect, the art of sculpting with light that requires a mixture of vision and hands on work.

Today I'm working more with stereograms (holography that originates in photographic footage) thanks ro recent advancements in both software and hardware. The process involves taking a sequence of stereoscopic images and creating holograms of each one. The result works like a wonderful, high-tech flick book with the illusion of 3-D

Why Me?

Back in the 80s and 90s I created some of the world’s most famous holograms. Take a look at some of them here.

"Virtual Dialogues" (nickel shim) Full colour stereogram about being borne into a world of virtual reality
"Virtual Dialogues" (nickel shim) Full colour stereogram about being borne into a world of virtual reality
 
"Jackson makes it to Manhattan" 10x8inch pseudo achromatic stereogram
"Jackson makes it to Manhattan" 10x8inch pseudo achromatic stereogram
Huxley's Day Out 30x40cm reflection stereogram with life size photographic supports.  artwork is all about a dogs day out with an egg and spoon race.
Huxley's Day Out 30x40cm reflection stereogram with life size photographic supports. artwork is all about a dogs day out with an egg and spoon race.
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"Marbles" 50x60cm worms eye view pulsed reflection hologram
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And I’ve trained holography students in London, New York and Tokyo. You can see some of them at work here.

A student spatially filters a laser beam
A student spatially filters a laser beam
 
Students at my previous holography class with a master hologram
Students at my previous holography class with a master hologram

I’ve been waiting on the right moment to return to holography. The time is now. I want to create new works, to meet demand from collectors, and start training the next generation of artists and enthusiasts.

The Courses

Creating holograms is technical, artistic and fun. It’s an intricate, visual process that delivers a rich artistic experience that goes beyond the limits of photography, film and computer generated images.

It’s a process that appeals to professionals and amateurs. The courses, tailored to the skills of the student will show:

Entry Level

Learn the theory of holography and sign off by making your first single beam reflection hologram.

Intermediate Level

Get stuck into single beam holograms, Shadowgrams and get to grips with a Michelson Interferometer.

Advanced Level

Build your own stereogram as well as 2 master and transfer holograms

Whether your goal is fun or finding a niche in the creative scene then the courses will help you achieve your goal.

Who’d be keen?  I will be offering courses for:

Artists who believe that holography would add to their working practice and are ready to make a name in an evolving niche.

Enthusiasts who like making stuff and want to find out how holograms are made: a unique, hands-on art form that fuses virtual and real worlds (and doesn’t just mean staring at a computer screen)

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Cows in Motion
What We Need? 

We will to create a lab that combines the two things a holographer needs: technology and expertise.

Core holography technology is a £2500 investment

Upgrading to latest specs will require £2,000

Innovative elements like a new laser for bigger works needs £4,000

I need the investment to create the optimum holography experience for both my new planned works and the courses I plan to run.

Stop Press

As I have reached my goal,  I feel I should clarify what I will spend any  excess funds on.

What we have raised so far is the minimum to get this project off the ground.  The purchase of the lab,  The transportation of the equipment and the the preparation of the basement to take the lab (new floor, electrics, damp proofing,  darkroom sink etc).

On the horizon are several key necessary investments.

1) Gear size up to make 30x40cm holograms. (involves purchasing a larger plate holder and collimating mirror or lens)

2) purchase of equipment to automate the making of stereograms.

3) possible laser upgrades.

With your KickStart help you can help restore and remaster holography as we pass on unique skills into a new technology landscape to create a stunning new generation of holographic art and also make amazing new artworks!

Why it’s worth believing in?  

I found it quite strange being at his recent retrospective exhibition at Gallery 286 London, People were oohing & ahhhing over stuff that I had made donkey's years ago.  Could I get the same response from a photo?  I think not.

Risks and challenges

We’ve been here before
We’ve been creating and teaching holography for decades. It’s not a speculative venture

There are many risks in this project it is true. Will the public like my new work? I suppose you could just say, well they used to so, they are likely to again. I have already been offered two shows, one in London & one in The United States on the strength of my proposal and previous output. Will I be able to get the materials I need? Agfa stopped making materials for holography some 18 years ago but artists have managed to overcome this by making the materials themselves and also some micro film producers have sprung up. Traditional optical holography has yet to be surpassed in delivering images of a magical quality and I don't think it will ever go away.

The support I have received from the holographic community since I announced that I was returning to the fold has been incredible with fantastic letters of support. I have already received loan from the from the Arts Council Wales so the purchase of a lab is definitely going ahead, and a number of potential students!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank them all and in particular
Jonathan Ross @ Gallery 286 for his continued support.
also, Lou Zona @ The Butler Museum of American Art.
The Arts Council of Wales & Rod Murray for offering the equipment in the first place.
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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    CHEERLEADER LEVEL
    I'll send you an embossed 5x5 inch copy of the incredible animated "Virtual Dialogues" hologram. My comment on the influence of virtual reality on youth. Applied to card & signed by the artist. All backers will receive regular updates on how the lab and works are progressing.

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    CHEERLEADER LEVEL2 (late arrival) I'll send you an embossed 5x5 inch copy of the incredible animated "Virtual Dialogues" hologram. My comment on the influence of virtual reality on youth. Applied to acrylic & signed by the artist. All backers will receive regular updates on how the lab and works are progressing.

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    CHEERLEADER PLUS
    I'll send you a copy of "Looking Back & Forward", The background story to some of my best known holograms. The10x8 inch colour photo book supported the recent retrospective at Gallery 286 and comes with a copy of the embossed hologram "Virtual Dialogues".
    Signed by the artist and with a forward by the gallerist Jonathan Ross.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $127

    CHEERLEADER PLUS

    A brief introduction to holography at the artist's studio and we get to make a 4x5inch hologram

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    Pledge £250 or more About $316

    HANDS-ON LEVEL

    Come to the artists studio for a day's introduction to holography and some hands on experience making a hologram

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    Pledge £500 or more About $633

    CURATOR LEVEL

    I'll send you a copy of a new limited edition (10) stereogram hologram made at my new studio. It will be a new 5x4 inch image on a 10x8 glass plate. Signed & editioned. It may be combined with photographic/ other imagery. If you are looking for a great piece of artwork in the future. hint….. this is the one to go for.

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    Pledge £750 or more About $949

    CURATOR PLUS

    Gets a copy of the "Virtual Dialogues" hologram but this time it is a limited edition copy on nickel shim and framed

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,266

    Lucy & her Pet Rat. Kickstarter edition. I have a couple of Lucy & Rats here. 32x43cm Almost perfect. slight colour blemish. These now cost over 1.5K just to make. can send photos.

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    Pledge £1,200 or more About $1,519

    HANDS-ON PLUS

    Gets you a week's (5 days) "hands on Holography" course
    maximum of 2 students per class. You will get to make at least 3 different types of hologram up to a size of 10 x 8 inches. Includes accommodation & food.

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