I just took down a show at the beginning of October, and as usual it takes a while for the impulse to create new work to kick in again. So I undertook a task that I've been meaning to do for ages: organizing my etching studio to be more efficient. Previously, I haven't had enough surfaces in one area to be able to perform all the necessary tasks (plate preparation, etching, cleaning, inking, printing) without having trays spread out all round my studio.
The first thing I did was to buy a new set of shelves. From top to bottom, this now has:
Below the printing press, I finally have some blotter boards for flattening and drying prints:
The narrow work table has a fresh coat of paint, a new shelf above it, and is now free to hold the paper soaking tray:
The large work table has a thick sheet of glass, for adding and removing resists, inking plates, etc:
I did a run through of the new set-up, from aquatinting a plate all the way through to proofing it, and it was a huge pleasure to have everything to hand simply by turning around.
This is my studio blog. I also have another blog, Praeterita, which contains more general art-related posts.