Sustainable Etching

Nicola Chambury

Please note submissions are now closed

I would like this panel to investigate sustainable etching. In the past, a lot of work has been done on non-toxic printmaking and other non-traditional methods, but these often involve the use of plastics, acrylics etc, and still use metal plates. The aim is not to have a discussion about whether or not we should continue to make etchings. The aim is to consider how we can make etching as sustainable and ethical as possible.

In particular, this panel aims to look at three main areas of materials involved in etching:

Copper and zinc: is there is such a thing as sustainable copper and zinc, produced without child or slave labour, environmental destruction and pollution etc? Is recycled copper suitable for etching widely available and, if not, how might printmakers be able to come together to make this possible?

Paper: would makers of printmaking papers be willing to discuss the processes used in paper production and their environmental impact, what measures they are taking to reduce environmental impact, whether recycled papers are suitable for printmaking etc?

Inks: would makers of printmaking inks be willing to talk about current production methods, the environmental impact of printmaking inks, what changes it would be possible for them to make etc?

Please submit your proposals directly to this link by Friday 18 March 2022. Please include your name, affiliation, email address, a brief synopsis and accompanying image, a 100-word bio and an image of yourself.