I am in the process of setting up to make gravure tissue on my carbon
tissue coating machines here in Santa Fe.
I have a forum dedicated to carbon and other processes and have
a sub forum on gravure tissue where one can follow my progress and offer
come and join us. Many of the major gravurists in the world are on site
already. (Goodman, Taylor, Osterberg, to name a few.)
The folks on the carbon section of the forum are also helping
out as well.
We’re finding out the community is not as small as we once
And if anyone here has any info on the making of commercial
gravure tissue, formulas etc, please let me know. This will be especially for
machine made tissue. I am estimating the need to be in the hundreds of sq ft a
day, if not more, so laydown methods like in the Morish book are fairly
useless. And yes it is possible to make your own tissue. When I have time I
plan to do a video on it. Richt now I have my plate full.
From: Martin Salowey
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 7:18 PM
Subject: Gravure Pigment Tissue was Fwd: RE: Klaus Pollmeier
While the community that makes gravure prints may be small, the loss of a
supplier for gravure pigment tissue is horrific, and in my case,
financially catastrophic. Over the years I have wanted to explore photogravure
but was never able to attend a workshop.
So, I decided to teach myself the process. Heck, I did it successfully with
many of the other alt processes, so I figured I could do it with photogravure.
Over the last year, at great expense, I purchased a etching press, etching hot
plate, the needed supplies, sans ferric chloride and gravure tissue. My inquiry
of about 2 months ago to Autotype indicated they had no intention of
discontinuing the product, both on their website and over a phone call to
confirm the availability and pricing. Last night, Mr. Sullivan's post sent me
into a tailspin and I called Autotype this morning to find out the last
incoming shipment is sold out! All other sources for the tissue indicated a big
run on the material and could not supply any. Yikes, this in no uncertain terms
sucks, not only for me, but for the entire photogravure
community. I have personally made a huge financial commitment to learning the
process and fulfilling a long desire to make gravure prints now to find out the
key material is no longer available!!!!
Now that I am done crying out loud is there anyone out there that might be
willing to sell me 6-12 feet of tissue? I would be be most grateful. Does
anyone think there will ever be a commercial source for the material again? Is
it at all a possibility to make the tissue from scratch in an average darkroom,
or is a major production facility needed?
Sorry if this post sounds a bit unorganized and frenzied, but it certainly
reflects my frame of mind and disappointment.
Thanks for reading,
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:22:39 -0600
From: Richsul Sullivan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Klaus Pollmeier
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Thanks Judy. I've gotten his address, or at least what some think it is,
it's a university email so likely correct. I have an inquiry in to him now.
I don't know why my Google didn't pop him up.
I anyone here has any information on the making of gravure tissue, I and a
lot of other folks would appreciate having it forwarded.
Thanks again Judy,
From: Judy Seigel [ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2009 8:01 PM
Subject: Klaus Pollmeier
My system seems to have eaten Sullivan's recent query, tho for what it's
worth I note the following 11-year old info (from Post-Factory #2):
There's an article by Pollmeier about reprinting Drtikol.... He
(Pollmeier) thus sort of re-invented carbon after it had sunk into total
Klaus Pollmeier's data as of October 1998:
Muehlenfeld 43 S-45470, Muelheim-Ruhr, Germany
[Is that the Muelheim that's just across the field from Basel Switzerland?
I seem to recall something like that... they called it "drei lande
Telephone +49-208-431051, Fax: +49-208-433937
(I think, however, compuserve is no more ?)
He worked with Czech artists Jan Splichal and Vaclave Kirasek, who might
still be around & have some suggestions. Also at the time he was
photograpy at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in the Dessau School
of Design. And owned Fine Print Studios, mail order source of alternative
One of the above might provide a clue, if not the ding an sich.