AGAstudio stands for the workplace/labfunction for artists and designers who create work their own management.

 

From Monday till Thursday technical guidance – each with their own expertise – is available at the workshop. In addition (Friday and Saturday), you can count on some artists and other voluntary assistants to accommodate in the workplace. Our technical experts can help you start, give you tips on the use of any technique or specific material and think with you.

 

We are a DIY workshop. We assume that you master the basic technique and your experience is quite topical. If you cannot independently work with a technique, you can follow one of our basic workshops. Or you can hire a technical supervisor for printing work for or with you.

 

If you come for the first time always make a phone or email us for an appointment. So we can plan an introduction with you for more details about our workflow.

 

We are an environmentally friendly workplace. Among other things this means for screen printing that we work with water-based ink and not use white spirit in the workplace. Want to know more about this, please contact the technical supervisor.

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We are a DIY-workplace and we want to offer everybody professional circumstances to work in. This means we require participants to be responsible for cleaning the materials and facilities (silkscreen frames, textile table etc.) after they are done. If they are not cleaned after use, we will charge you a 25 euro cleaning cost.

 

To be safe, always check if the tables, presses, squeegees and other materials have been cleaned properly before starting your activities. AGA LAB and their team try to manage the workplace as good as possible, but it does happen that the previous users don’t clean the materials properly. You are responsible for your personal materials (paper, fabrics etc.). AGA LAB is not liable for damage to your personal materials.

SCREENPRINT
The screeprint area is well equipped with four vacuum screenprinting tables in varying sizes. Our biggest sized table is A0. We have a separate rinse room with a high pressure-cleaner and two drying racks.

 

For textile printing we have a textile printing-table 4,10 m long and 1,85 wide, with a very simple repeat system. Textile printing costs the same as screenprinting. The artist should bring their own inks and fabrics. Water-based ink is mandatory.

DIGITAL
Fine Art Printing of Giclée Printing
Your digital images will be printed perfectly on durable/high quality paper, films and canvases by our professional Epson printers. The Ultrachrome K3 inks will create intense colors and light-fastness of 80 years. The digital lab is situated on AGA LABs entresol, which has a great view of the spacious gym. The lab consists of two full size digital fine art printers, an A2 printer and computers with adobe software (CS6).

 

Epson Stylus Photo 4880
The standard paper is Hahnemuhle Photorag Satin, Hahnemuhle German Etching and Hahnemuhle Bright White. We can also print on rolls that go to a maximum of 42 cm.

 

Epson Stylus Pro 9800 én 9880 per m2 (inclusief inkt)
The maximum width of the paper roll is 111,8 cm and the image width has a maximum of 111 cm. prints with bleed are not possible. Images should be supplied in 240 dpi tiff’s with 100% output or high resolution PDF.

 

Scanner Epson Expression 10000 XL
Reflective and transmissive (slides and negatives) scanning. Maximum size is A3.

 

Usage of a paper that is not listed above is possible, if discussed with an assistant.
It is possible to have an ‘Inkaid Matte inkjetcoating’ or ‘Inkaid Clear Gloss inkjetcoating’ printed on not-so conventional materials (thin veneer, plastic, aluminum) so that they can be printed on with inkjet ink. Both fluids are €0,45 per layer on A4 size.

RISO – KNUST IN AGA LAB
The Riso is a modern stencil printer, it’s environmentally friendly and very useful for posters, cards, art prints or zines with deep, bright colors. Ever since late 2014, AGA LAB manages in collaboration with Knust a DIY Riso workplace!

 

At Knust in AGA LAB you can work with two different Riso machines. The Riso MZ1070E (A3) has yellow, orange, fluorescent pink, red, (royal) blue, (delfst) blue, (seafoam) teal, green and black colordrums. The Riso V8000 (A3+) has purple, fluorescent orange and black. It’s only possible to print on raw, uncoated paper. This paper is available at the workplace.

 

Start DIY-ing at AGA LAB with the help of motivated and knowledgeable volunteers. Their backgrounds range between graphic designers, comic book makers and illustrators.

 

Make an appointment through drukwerk@extrapool.nl or call 020-6252186.

Interested in becoming a volunteer yourself at the Riso department of AGA LAB? Apply through drukwerk@extrapool.nl.

It’s also possible to print morecolored printwork on a bigger size (A2), or print on demand at Knust in Nijmegen: www.knustpress.nl.

RELIEF PRINTING
AGA has an offset proofing press (Havlik) which base is adjustable in height. • The maximum size is 60 x 80 cm. • You can also use our etching presses for relief printing by raising the upper roll (the maximum size is 100 x 190 cm). Use of the presses, newspaper press and the cleaning products are all included in the price. Artists should bring their own paper and inks.

ETCHING
We have four etching presses of different sizes (52 x 110 cm, 75 x 130 cm, 80 x 140 cm). The largest (100 x 190 cm) is motorised. There are two acid baths (100 x 130 cm) and a movable bath for very large sizes (up to 73 x 109 cm). A metal cutter, a tank for moisturizing paper (80 x 120 cm), three ovens and two raised worktables are also available. There is an aquatint box with powdered resin (70 x 80). A working method which is safe as well as environmentally friendly is what sets our studio apart. We have replaced harmful solvents for VCA/ salad oil. In stead of traditional varnish we use acrylic primers whenever possible. We use copper sulphate and iron chloride for etching which do not produce any corrosive vapours. All chemical and residual waste will be exhausted or recycled. A contact printing box and small darkroom are available for making photopolymer etchings. Use of presses, newspaper press, cleaning products and the possibility of biting the etching plates are all included in the price.

LITHOGRAPHY
There are two lithographic presses: a manual press (65 x 90 cm) and a motorised press (100 x 200 cm). A grinder and a grinding tank are also available. We have a large selection of rocks (the largest stones are 60 x 95 cm), ink rollers and a tackle for lifting stones. Lithographers pay a 10% surcharge in addition to the entrance fee for the “rock fund”. Use of presses, newspaper press, resin and talc, carborundum and cleaning products are all included in the price.

DARKROOM
The analog darkroom consists of a couple of basic facilities to make black and white prints and develop films. The darkroom is equipped with a Durst magnifier, dark room lighting, rinsing tube, and chemicals. For specific prints it would be best to bring your own chemicals. AGA LAB offers a basic provision of chemicals: developer (for paper – AGFA multicontrast), fixer (amaloco X55) and photoflow. These will be available to your for a fee of 3 euro. If you want to develop your own film you should bring your own developer. Developing tanks (for 35 and 120mm film) and fixer are also available for use in our darkroom. It’s also possible to work with old printing techniques like cyanotype (blueprint).
For booking the darkroom and more information on i.e. cyanotype, mail to info@agalab.nl

TOYOBO SOLAR PLATE PRINTING
In this workshop you’ll learn to make and print your won photographic etch, with oil based ink and firm paper. Your digital (black and white) photograph will be transferred onto a photosensitive etching plate (Toyobo). By pressing the etch deep into the paper, you get a completely different quality to your photograph. You’ll use professional presses for this in AGA LAB. Playing with contrast can be very nice with an etching, and is easy to manipulate. This technique is very interesting for photographers who seek that out. The Toyoboplate is way more detailed than the older, more well known polymer techniques.

 

Time: one day from 10:00 till 17:00
Costs: € 175 including materials

SCREENPRINT (paper and textile)
Christina Hallström, artist and technical assistant at AGA LAB, will be teaching the two day screenprinting workshop. Based on your own A3 sized design, you’ll make screenprints in multiple print runs. You will learn to prepare the film and coating the screens with photosensitive emulsion. While the screen dries you’ll mix the inks and plan the opaque or transparent print runs. The screenprinting tables are situated for an optimal workflow. You’ll print a small edition of your design and analyze the al the different possibilities that come forth during printing. After the workshop you’ll be able to work in the atelier independently.

 

You provide: your own design on an A3 format.
Date: you can register yourself through workshops@agalab.nl
Costs: € 280 for two days.

PREDICTABLE COLORS
Color is magic, color is almost never the same!
Alex de Vocht, photographer and technical assistant at AGA LAB, will be teaching the Fine Art Printing and Color management workshop. The human eye has an enormous color and contrast range. Colors can change in different lighting conditions. Scanners, printers and monitors have their own color management (color language) that can make the colors less intense and not match. This creates an unpleasant surprise for the critical eye, unless you know how to handle image, color and its reproduction. In this workshop we’ll be challenging ourselves by making predictable colors. Every technical aspect that is needed for a nice Fine Arts Print (or giclee print) on the Epson 4880 printer will be discussed. We’ll take a critical look at colors and color profiles, resolution, contrast and the influence of paper and ink. Technical terms like ICC-profiles, black dot compensation, gamut, DPI and printer- and monitor calibration will also be addressed. After this workshop you’ll be able to make your own high quality prints and you’ll go home with your own A2 Fine Art Pint.

 

You provide: A selection of photo’s or images and digital files on an USB stick or laptop (240 dpi in your preferred output format). Also you should bring your own (high quality) paper to print on.
Costs: € 140 for 1 day, including handout, ink for 1 print on your own paper and 1 print on AGA LAB paper. (A morning or afternoon refresher course is optional for € 70). Any questions? You can mail these to alex@agalab.nl

NON-TOXIC ETCHING
Master printer Eric Levert, technical assistant at AGA LAB, wil go through all sorts of etching techniques. This includes line etching, aquatint, varnish mou, color etching, dry needle and sugar water aquatint. Day one; after an explanation on etching, everybody starts with their chosen technique on either a zinc or copper plate. The plates will be etched, edited and if desired provided with aquatint. Day two; after a quick introduction to printing the etchings, the participants will try and print their etch on their own. This testprint can be redrawn and/or corrected to create a better print. If you have time left at the end of the day you could try a different technique.

 

You provide: a design for your etch (A4 max)
Date: you can register yourself through workshops@agalab.nl
Costs: € 280 for two days (including materials)

RISO – KNUST IN AGA LAB
Ever since late 2014, AGA LAB manages in collaboration with Knust a DIY Riso workplace! The stencil experts from Knust will host a Riso workshop in AGA LAB about two to three times a year. The Riso is a modern stencil printer, it’s environmentally friendly and very useful for posters, cards, art prints or zines with deep, bright colors.

Sign up for the workshops through workshops@agalab.nl or 020-6262186
For the workshop dates, check the agenda.

CYANOTYPE
Cyanotype (or blueprint) is an old photographic technique which can be printed directly via a contact negative on paper, wood or textiles. For this you can use a digital image by printing it as a negative on a transparent material.

Benjamin Brandenburg, expert in analogue (and digital) photography, will teach you the basic techniques to create a blueprint on paper and we start with a printed negative. We make the light-sensitive paper applying with brushes an emulsion which comprises a combination of two iron salts. After drying this, it is possible to print via illumination with UV-light on the paper.

Preparation: send two weeks before the start of the workshop, two black and white images to Benjamin Brandenburg (at least 6 megapixels, a total of up to 20 mb). These are made for blueprint and printed on a transparant paper so you can get started right away in the workshop with your own image.

Please bring your own kitchen or latex gloves (powder free).
Time: one day from 10:00 until 16:00.
Costs: € 150 (including material and paper).

Sign up for the workshops through workshops@agalab.nl or 020-6262186
For the workshop dates, check the agenda.

GENERAL

Day pass
Half-day pass (9.00-13.00 or 13.00-17.00)
Monthly pass
Annual pass
10 x day pass
10 x half-day pass
Rent box / drawer / frame storage (per year)
Individual support

ALGEMEEN
€ 21,00
€ 15,00
€ 210,00
€ 950,00
€ 195,00
€ 125,00
€ 27,50 / € 10,00 / € 10,00
€ 47,50 per hour

SCREENPRINT

AGA LAB frame & coating
Small
Middle
Large
Tape
Grain Film

 

Own frame & coating
Small
Middle
Large

 

Price
€ 9,00
€ 13,50
€ 16,50
€ 4,00
€ 15,- / m

 

Price
€ 4,00
€ 5,50
€ 6,50

 

Print size
A2
A1
A0

 

 

 

Print size
A2
A1
A0

DIGITAL
Epson Stylus Photo 4880

AGA LAB paper
A4     € 5,50
A3     € 11,00
A2     € 22,00

 

 

Own paper
A4     € 2,20
A3     € 4.40
A2     € 8,80

Epson Stylus Pro 9800 en 9880

Paper
AGFA Select Screen Film
Premium Glossy Photo Paper
Hahnemühle Fine Art Baryta
Innova IFA49 Ultra Smooth Gloss
Habotai Silk (textiel: 12 mom, met inktjet coating)
Organza (textiel: 8 mom, met inktjet coating)
Canvas Artist Matte
Innova IFA14 Matte Coated Paper
Watercolor Radiant White
Adhesive Synthetic Paper
Innova Smooth Cotton High White
Hahnemühle German Etching 310grs.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Satin

 

Price per m2 / incl. ink
€ 57,50
€ 57,50
€ 75,50
€ 63,50
€ 52,50
€ 50,00
€ 75,50
€ 57,50
€ 57,50
€ 57,50
€ 57,50
€ 63,50
€ 63,50
€ 75,50

Scanner Epson Expression 10000 XL
Reflective and transmissive (slides and negatives) scanning. Maximum size is A3.
Costs scanning by your self: € 12,00 per hour + € 21,00 for the day. Scanning on demand € 60,00 per hour.

RISO
Per day
Half day
Quarter day

 

Masters
per master sheet

 

Printing
Testprints (on special testpaper)
1 color
2 colors
3 colors
4 colors
*For zines and books contact Knust for a quote

 

Prepress and lay-out
Starting at € 30,00 after 1 hour

 

€ 21,00
€ 15,00
€ 10,00

 

 

€ 1,50

 

 

€ 0,03
€ 0,06
€ 0,10
€ 0,16
€ 0,20

Paper
Paper is available in the workplace, ranging from €0,09 per 100 grams sheet, to €0,38 per 250 grams sheet.

For a quote and paper choice contact Knust: drukwerk@extrapool.nl.

* Using your own paper is possible if discussed before hand with Knust

FINE ART PRINTS ON DEMAND
AGA LAB makes high quality prints on demand for artists, designers, cultural institutions and organizations. From classical craftsmanship to modern digital printing techniques.

 

We use durable inks (color proof for 80 years), high-grade fine art papers and a high quality printing process. We also do screen and etching prints on demand (in small editions). For cultural organizations, artists, designers, bureaus, and galleries. (previous clients: CBK Amsterdam, FNV Kiem, De Burcht, Philadelphia, artists)

 

You want to print your next project with us?
Contact us for exclusive corporate gifts, small editions to sell or maybe unique gifts.
Mail to info@agalab.nl or call 020 625 21 86

 

Download: General terms and conditions AGA LAB 2016