Anna Elizabeth Olafsson
Changing print practice here in the UK
Since 2007, I’ve been making artworks using traditional etching processes, under the tutelage of Scottish artist and printmaker, Alasdair McMorrine, techniques I continued to explore throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD). My prints have been exhibited both in the UK and internationally with galleries and art fairs.
In July 2018, I attended a two week intensive 1 to 1 workshop with Alfonso Crujera, master printmaker, in the electro-etching process. I received a scholarship from the residency itself - the international prize for artist-printmakers under 30, and was awarded additional funding by The Hope Scott Trust, Edinburgh.
The results that I obtained using these new techniques have convinced me never to use the traditional open tank processes again. Not only are traditional methods wasteful in comparison to electro-etching, but inefficient.
Electro-etching affords the artist predictable and controllable results, a wider range of mark-making and is cost-effective, as the electrolytic solution (which replaces the acid in the process) never deteriorates and little to no fume extraction is needed.
You can begin your journey into electro-etching with a small and simple set up; equally this process can be rolled out across an entire open access facility, entirely replacing traditional etching processes.