Scott and Laura explain a 600 year old printing process

Scott and Laura explain a 600 year old printing process


so it seems like we’ll have to explain
what etching is yeah etching is a printing process about 600
years old — can I make mistakes? I think seven hundreds a little a little high
six hundred years old it was developed in northern Europe and you know at the
time it was the most efficient way to reproduce a drawing and you know just
like you might go on the internet now and look at a cute cat picture five six
hundred years ago people would have etched a cat on a plate and printed lots of
copies and distributed them it’s a cat if you make an etching a metal plate is
coated with a coating that will protect it from acid so once you have the
coating on that plate you can take a needle and draw onto the coating with
that needle and scratch away parts of its scratch away lines and those exposed lines will then etch in an acid bath and then you can press ink into those lines then
you take your plate and you put a piece of paper over it
and you crank it through an etching press. I thought you were going to avoid a
cross-section I can only go so far without a cross-section. so the paper will
reach into those grooves and pick up the ink that’s hiding in there and you you
get your print. I took an etching class with Scott and then he is a print maker
himself and wanted to do more this summer and so did I so we put it
together so that we can use the Sanger to our advantage and make prints and a
supported environment on the one hand we’re both just artists sharing studio
and so we do the things that artists do when they share a studio we you know
give each other feedback on each other’s work make suggestions but then we also
you know also Laura is my assistant in producing my editions so every once in a
while will kind of shift into you know assistant mode yeah and
and then when we get to a point where we’re ready to actually do the printing
then we’re both you know each working on a plate or something like that and yeah
working towards the printed edition

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