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Portrait of Sylvie Covey

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sylvie Covey

  • School of Art & Design
  • Fine Arts

Modern Printmaking
A Guide to Traditional and Digital Techniques

A fully illustrated instructional printmaking book presenting step-by-step examples alongside representative works from thirty top contemporary printmaking artists.

Printmaking is flourishing in the modern era, appealing to both traditional artists as well as those interested in graphic design and digital techniques. This all-in-one guide is both technical and inspirational, examining the history and contemporary processes of relief, intaglio, lithography, serigraphy, mixed media, digital transfers, and post-digital graphics. Featuring step-by-step examples alongside representative works and profiles of top printmaking artists, this colorful resource provides a truly fresh look at printmaking today, in all its forms.

Cover of Modern Printmaking

How did you first come up with the idea for this work?
Working with numerous talented artists printmakers over many years inspired me to write this book. I also wanted to record the many techniques I learned over the years.

What was your research process like?
I interviewed numerous artists and researched all the techniques and materials currently used in printmaking.

How long did you work on this before it was published?
4 years.

Does this work relate to your role at FIT? If so, how?
Yes. I teach printmaking at FIT for twenty years.

What was your biggest challenge? What was most rewarding?
My biggest challenge and reward was selecting the artists and the work that I wanted to include in my book, to best represent what I consider the best in Modern Printmaking.

Is there other information we should know?
Before Modern Printmaking, I wrote Photoshop for Artists, published in 2012 by Penguin/Random House.

  • Professor at FIT since 2001