DJCAD Residency - Introducing Electro-etching by Anna Olafsson

This academic year (2019-2020) I am a DJCAD artist in residence, introducing the electro-etching technique into the Printmaking Workshops.

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International Print Exchange (IPE) 2019 by Anna Olafsson

My submission for this year’s International Print Exchange - a miniature steel electro-etching inspired by a recent visit to Durham Cathedral.

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Acrylic Floor Polish Resist on Steel Plates - Hard Ground and Crisco Lift by Anna Olafsson

Acrylic floor polish as hard ground and crisco lift, tested at 1V on steel plates, electro-etched in ferrous sulphate solution for 60 mins. The process and the printed results!

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Visit to the Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop (FDPW) by Anna Olafsson

On Tuesday this week I visited the Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop for a meeting with Sheila Carnduff - chairperson and treasurer of this wonderful printmaking space.

FDPW is located in the basement of the Dell Farquharson community and learning centre, a stone’s throw from the town centre and train station.

I could not believe how many processes they had packed into the space, with some beautiful old presses, as well as many innovative equipment solutions! You can see how much knowledge and skill has been passed down and shared amongst members when you see the prints produced here. Many FDPW members have been working here for decades; there is a great sense of community and much collaborative spirit.

I hope to go back and visit FDPW soon - it is a real gem.

I neglected to take any photographs(!) but here is their latest leaflet, pictured below.

Link to the FDPW website -

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The Results of the Acrylic Ground Experiments at the DCA Print Studio by Anna Olafsson

Testing Acrylic Grounds at the DCA Print Studio - The Results!

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Visit to the Printmaking Department at Forth Valley College, Stirling by Anna Olafsson

A summary of my research visit to the Forth Valley College Printmaking Studio in Stirling last week.

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Steel Plate Electro-Etching Experiments by Anna Olafsson

The first proofs of my electro-etching experiments on steel plates, made in my home studio and printed at the DCA - Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio.

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First Electro-Etching Class at the DCA Print Studio, Dundee by Anna Olafsson

Since December 2018 I have been working with the Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) Print Studio to set up an electro-etching facility there. Over the last few months we have been sourcing power supplies, cables etc., as well as testing plates and alternative resists. There has been quite a lot of interest in the technique from print studio members who have seen me with many pieces of odd-looking equipment, as well as the test plates I have been printing. I have also carried out staff training so that more printmakers can begin to access the setup.

We now have a small-scale improvised active electro-etching tank in the acid room, with a passive etching tray beside it. This equipment is starting to be used for public classes, which is really exciting.

I designed and ran the first public weekend session with the electro-etching equipment on Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th May 2019. I had a great time teaching all of the printmakers over both days, and hope to run some more classes very soon. Many thanks to all who came along - you worked very hard and got some great results!

I hope that electro-etching at the DCA will continue to grow over the next few months as more printmakers join my classes, and as we carry out more print experiments. I believe there will be a great deal of interest from the wider Scottish printmaking community in this fascinating medium.

Here are a few images from the weekend: