Electro-Etching Workshop June 2018

Electro-etching with Andrew Baldwin and Don Braisby

An integrated safer & less toxic approach to etching

31 May & 1 June 2018
10:00am-4:00pm

This workshop will demonstrate the mark making potential of combining the use of electro-etching and the safer etching processes and techniques developed and taught by Andrew Baldwin. Electro-etching provides a safe, cost effective and creative replacement for acid etching and its alternatives. The combination of the safer etching techniques and electro-etching makes it possible to etch in an open studio and to teach etching in the classroom.

This is a practical hands-on workshop

Workshops aim:

  • Provide a simple introduction to the theory and practice of electro-etching and safer etching.
  • Introduce the equipment needed for electro-etching and plating, how to set it up and use it safely.
  • Creative plate making using safer methods and processes to; lay grounds, aquatint plates, spit bite and sugar lift.
  • Proofing and printing plates in two colours.
  • Introduced participants to electroforming and electrotyping as a potential process in printmaking, jewellery and sculpture.

Objectives:

  • Participants will have gained a working knowledge of electro-etching and the use of safer etching processes and techniques to use in their print making practice.
  • Provide feedback for post-doctoral research.

http://www.printmakingstudio.co.uk/

https://donbraisby.me/

Non-members £140.00/Members £90.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

Stereotyped plate

P1020008

The final plate has 88g of deposited copper. It will require levelling off on the underside with fibre glass filler or a low temperature metal such as pewter. Three possibilities for inking up stand out, either viscosity printing, Andrew Baldwin’s double drop technique, or as a collagraph ‘a la poupee’ .

 

Natural plinth

An old lump of concrete that looks like it has  spent many years in the sea was found on Abergele beach. Its colours and texture make it a natural fit with this electroformed pear.

Although the starting place for the research was focused on electro-etching for printmaking the use of electrolysis in making sculptural 3D objects is becoming an area of interest for me, especially after the visit to the Castle Fine Art Forge.

The research journey has been an interesting one. For me there has been a fusion of the research and the making of objects each process informing the other. In my artist statement I describe the idea of the two journeys, the inner and outer that I believe happen in the making of art objects. This could be mistaken as meaning that my work is process driven, that is the creative journey is more important than the product. In the production of this object the narratives of all three are important and are fused into it. The narratives of the two journeys, and the two objects that are now one, encompass constant change. As an art object it is a still life and as such is a reminder of death in life.