This Blog follows Artist Rebecca Gouldson as she creates a commission for, and inspired by, the Dales Countryside Museum.
Rebecca has worked with the museum collection of objects and tools relating to local Dales Crafts, and has used them as a starting point for the collections of metalwork she will create and install at the museum.
This project was commissioned by Chrysalis Arts on behalf of North Yorkshire Open Studios
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Experimenting with acid-etching
Here, a photograph of a hand-knitter of the Dales, is reversed in to a 'negative' image; anything that is white on the original image is now black, and vice versa. This is vital if the final etching is to appear as a 'positive' image. Many thanks to the following website for the image I used to test the process. http://www.daelnet.co.uk/features/knitting/
Here, I applied the etching resists of some of my own photographs of my model-making process.
More image etch-resists applied, ready to etch.
The same bits of metal, now etched....
This image was achieved by colouring the metal with chemicals rather than etching.
Here is an example of a photograph of one of the Tinsmith's cardboard templates, etched in to metal. The next step is to cut this shape out around the etched shape.
Etched knitting image.
Ball of wool and a wool pattern.
The Tinsmith template image again, but this time the image is 'stained' in to the surface of the metal using chemicals.