This month (October 2009) Haystack Gallery is featuring the etchings of two female artists, Irene Klar from Alberta Canada with her people etchings and Barbara Coppock now residing in Montana and her images of the Northwest's past.
The artist creates their design on metal sheets, usually zinc plates that have been coated with an acid resist. The design is drawn on the plate through the resist in the areas that will not be part of the design and the artist leaves the resist areas intact that are to be printed. An acid bath will etch those parts of the plate that the resist has been removed leaving the parts to be printed intact and slightly raised. Each color printed requires a different plate.
A rubber roller is used to evenly coat each plate with a thin printing ink. The paper is soaked in water and blotted to help it accept the ink.
The inked plate is placed face up and the paper is placed over the plate and run through an etching press. Once the plate is printed, it is removed and the second color plate is put in place; the print then makes another pass through the press. This process is repeated for each color the artist intends to print. Both these artists hand tint their etchings rather than run a color plate, thus each piece is considered a multiple original.
Featured artists include:
Irene Klar: Irene uses people, their textiles, pattern decoration and colors to serve as her inspiration. During a visit to Japan , she developed an interest in fabrics and became intrigued with the beautiful silk kimonos worn by the Japanese people. Irene Klar later traveled to the south-western United States where her desire for pattern and color were further inspired by the intricate designs of Navajo and Hopi blankets, the land, the Indian people and their native traditions. As a result, she has incorporated these images into her watercolors and prints. Irene Klar's interest in universal design elements has taken her on far-reaching travels around the world.
Barbara Coppock : Barbara has never had formal training, yet she is a highly skilled professional. A contemporary master of etching Coppock captures an array of subjects, from Montana landscape in a nineteenth-century manner, to coastal lighthouses, botanicals and historical events such as the Lewis & Clark trail. Through diligent research, Barbara creates historical buildings, homesteads, and colorful examples of the Northwest's past, for future generations.
As a "Maker of Images" she has been successful at not only translating historical impressions onto etching plates, but sparking memories for the viewer by "Sharing the Moment." She maintains a home and studio in Montana with her framer/husband.
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