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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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: