Cill Rialaig Residency

The Cill Rialaig Project was set up by publisher Noelle Campbell-Sharpe, as an artist retreat on the Bolus Head peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. The images in this slideshow reflect the time I spent at Cill Rialaig with fellow artists from Lecheile an Irish-Welsh collaborative project – Communication through printmaking.

Plating a natural form

On Tuesday I visited Frances Carlile with several other friends. Frances is an artist printmaker and sculptor. One of the pieces she showed us was a sculptural representation of a house made from blackthorn branches. We had been discussing some of the research that I have been doing into copper plating 3D printed objects. This led to us talking about the potential for plating natural objects and what advantages there might be in doing this. Here are some photographs of my experiments with plating blackthorn twigs. Plating does not appear to impact on the natural look of the twigs. Copper plating can be soldered making it easy to build with and the construction is stable and permanent.

thorn1 thorn2 thorn3 thorn4 leaf1

Copper plating mounting card

I’ve been experimenting with the idea of plating mounting card as a way to extend the life of collagraph plates. The process of plating the card works well and they appear to go through the press O.K. I have yet to ink one up.The plating process is slow, this plate took twelve hours. I’m planning to do some more work on textures and plating paper plates.

plate atteched to a wire and painted with conductive paint

The plate painted with conductive copper paint

Set up for plating

It’s really not as scary as it looks. Note the low readings on the bench power supply

View from the top show the plate and the anodes.

View from the top show the plate and the anodes.

Finished plate

Finished plate

Close up of finished plate

Close up of finished plate

Close up of finished plate

Close up of finished plate