Process

Since setting up my own studio in April 2022 I have beel focusing on electro- etching as an attempt to make printmaking safer and more sustainable 

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Instead of the traditional acids, metal salts are used to etch the plate. Hereby the copper plate is placed as anode opposite a copper cathode. By putting a current through both plates an electro-chemical process is initiated whereby my plate erodes.

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When etching zinc plates they are also placed into copper sulphite with a copper cathode- those two plates are now directly connected and a current will build up without the use of a power source 

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Before etching my plate is prepared by applying grounds and varnishes to protect areas I do not want etched.

Then a contact stip is attached

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 All open areas will erode. When etching actively ( with a power source ) I won't have a residue and my solution does not weaken.

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As in traditional etching, all eroded areas - which lie below the surface of the plate - will hold ink and print.