Let us show you how it’s done…..

Last Saturday, artist Gail Gwinn demonstrated printing an etching at the Freeland branch of the Sno-Isle library system.  Our library has very dedicated supporters, who in turn provide support for educational programs at the library.

Gail’s box of etching tools

Each year at the Froggwell Biennale, I like to plan something new.  It’s one of the reason I invite guest artists each year, so that we don’t just have the usual suspects.  This year, I decided that we should have printmakers and sculptors doing some demonstrations throughout the weekend.  When people ask a printmaker, what is a print? or how do you do that? the explanation is usually too long and wordy for most people.  You see them falling over in a stupor or chewing off their leg to escape after about 3 sentences.

The world’s cutest etching press

But Gail Gwinn owns one of the world’s cutest etching presses, which has the advantage of being extremely portable, or as Gail says, easily moved by a puny, middle-aged woman.  So, throughout the weekend of August 3-4-5, there will be informative (or so they tell me) demonstrations of etching, linoleum block prints, stone carving, and who knows what all.  The show is open from 10 AM till 5 PM each day, with demonstrations going on from around 11 AM until 3 PM.

Inking the plate

wiping the plate

printing the plate

Each time an etching is printed, you must go through the same inking, wiping and printing process.  This is no push button copy machine.

Here are a couple of Gail’s finished etchings. I love the complexity of the images and attention to detail.  Her work comes from a very internal place with a lot of thought and emotion put into them.

For the Moment // etching // Gail Gwinn // all rights reserved

Renewal // etching // Gail Gwinn // all rights reserved


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2 Responses to Let us show you how it’s done…..

  1. Drew Kail says:

    These prints are amazing. And you’re right… it IS the worlds cutest press.

    • I have a serious jones for this press. When my fortunes improve, it’s on my list of things to acquire. Gail Gwinn is one of my most favorite artists, and a good friend besides. Both she and Briony Morrow-Cribbs are consummate masters of detail.

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