Non-toxic polymere etching

On July 7th 1865, 150 years ago, Jane Morris’ image was caught on wet-collodion glass plates by John Robert Parsons, following Rossetti’s instructions. I always like to celebrate important events in Jane Morris’ life so I treated myself to a workshop ‘non-toxic polymere etching’ by Petra Tolboom at the Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag.

First step is laminating a copper plate with light sensitive photopolymer, exposing it with a transparent positive and allowing it to harden under UV light.

Polymere etchingSecond step is inking the plate with water based ink and printing it on an etching press.

Polymere etching of Jane Morris My prints are now being dried pressed using heavy William Morris and Rossetti books. When they are flat I will use them as a starting point; combining photography, etching and drawing. The newly learned technique offers a huge variety of possibilities and I very much look forward to learn more about non-toxic printing.

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